By definition, changes in the average human lifespan are realised slowly over time. It can be useful though to reclassify this emergence as the long term result of a series of various trigger events that have occurred at a single point in time. We define these events Longevity Catalysts. Examples of past catalysts could include:
- The birth of the NHS
- The introduction of screening programmes
- Various medical breakthroughs
- The smoking ban in public places
With this in mind, the Longevity Catalysts Member Interest Group (MIG) has been set up to help the actuarial community answer one simple question, “What future events are we aware of today whose occurrence is likely to be coupled with a significant impact on UK longevity?”
Please sign up to the Longevity Catalysts MIG to join us in further exploring this fascinating topic. We host a series of CPD events for members to get together to share their knowledge and ideas. These events are advertised on the MIG forum page. We also aim to publish periodic updates on emerging longevity catalysts topics; these too will be posted on the MIG forum page. We welcome all members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, as well as other interested parties. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or post a query to the MIG forum page if you have any questions about the MIG.
Past outputs from the MIG (and Working Party previously) have been:
- Sleep: The hidden lifestyle longevity risk factor by Nicola Oliver, Medical Director and Co-founder, Medical Intelligence, Thursday 16th January 2020
- Longevity Catalysts Website
- Presentation at Life Conference 2012
- Article in The Actuary (online - October 2013)
- Longevity Catalysts (Life Conference, 2013)
The working party closed in March 2019, and transitioned to a Member Interest Group.
Chair: Christopher Ballard
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