The Longevity Bulletin provides a combination of research-based articles and thought pieces that focus on some of the biggest challenges facing society and policy makers in the context of longevity, ageing and population change.

Each issue of the Longevity Bulletin presents and explains actuarial perspectives on themes emerging from, or impacting, population longevity, as well as looking beyond the actuarial world for statistics, research and the latest thinking on related subjects. In doing so, it aims to provide general and technical perspectives to best address relevant longevity topics, as well as serving to provoke thought and further discussion.

Issue 14: The social care issue

As our societies age, the question of how to care for the elderly and most vulnerable in our society is only going to become more pressing. This is a critical issue at any stage, but sadly the pandemic (the topic covered in Longevity Bulletin 13) has given it added urgency and visibility, as we have seen the disproportionate effect it has had on the social care sector. Ten years after the Dilnot Commission set out its recommendations on how to improve the system in the UK, Issue 14 of the Longevity Bulletin looks at the topic of social care and considers:

  • To care or not to care? – an overview of the issues from an actuarial and a personal perspective
  • Continuing care retirement communities – can these still be viable in the post-pandemic world?
  • A broken system – an examination of the system in the UK, and the difficulties of achieving inter-generational fairness
  • Resilience and technology adoption among older adults – can the ‘age-tech’ sector teach us how to combine care and independence? 
  • Rethinking elderly living after the pandemic – what are the lessons from Singapore, in particular, as to better ways to care for the elderly?
  • Recent developments – some of the CMI’s most noteworthy releases of 2021.

Contributors to this issue are drawn from a range of fields, from the actuarial world to technology and epidemiology. Each brings a thought-provoking and expert perspective to the topic under investigation.

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    We continue to live in a world of global uncertainty. Survival depends on our ability to simultaneously navigate through the diverse root-causes, ranging from: the consequences of Climate Change; transitioning to Net Zero; increased inflationary pressures and supply chain issues; to self-imposed changes in regulatory requirements. CILA 2022 focuses on these challenges to ensure we continue to be informed and remain battle ready, as well as showcasing highlights of recent CMI outputs.

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    22 June 2022 - 23 June 2022
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    We’re delighted to welcome you back to our first in-person conference since early 2020, also being delivered virtually in our first-ever hybrid event. The theme of our inaugural two-day conference is ‘Focusing on tomorrow’s actuary’ and will explore the contribution actuarial science is making to some of tomorrow’s biggest issues.


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