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For Later Life Conference

For Later Life is the must attend conference for anyone with an interest in age-related business, research, policy or service delivery.

Martha Lane Fox speaking at the For Later Life Conference

The next For Later Life Conference will take place on Wednesday 14 March 2018 in London. More information will be available soon.

To be notified when registration opens, please email events@ageuk.org.uk

The last For Later Life Conference took place in February 2017. 

Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in making the day such a great success. 300 people, 40 speakers, and 28 exhibitors attended the Conference - here's a quick recap of the day... 

We joined forces

With continuing cuts to local government funding, people working longer than ever before, and social isolation on the rise, it's more important than ever that public, voluntary and private sector services are joined up. This year's conference brought professionals and volunteers from all sectors together with older people to discuss how we can create a culture of wellbeing in later life.

View photos from the day

We launched Age UK's new Wellbeing Index

Conference attendees were some of the first to hear about Age UK’s new Wellbeing Index - a new tool for measuring wellbeing, developed by Age UK and Southampton University and designed to support an evidence based, holistic approach to understanding and improving older people's lives, nationally and right down to neighbourhood level.

Find out more about the Wellbeing Index

We spread the word on social media

#forlaterlife trended 5th in the UK, meaning the event was one of the most discussed topics on Twitter that day, which is great because it means the issues that were being debated, like saving for later life, social isolation and healthy cognitive ageing, reached an even wider audience  - 5.1 million people to be exact.

Catch up with some of the conference discussions by checking out the #forlaterlife hashtag on Twitter.


We heard from inspirational and expert speakers

The conference was chaired by TV and radio presenter Miriam O'Reilly, and speakers included:

  • Rt Hon Damian Green MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • Martha Lane Fox CBE, Founder and Executive Chair of Doteveryone
  • Dr Alan Gow, Research Leader and Associate Professor in Psychology, Heriot-Watt University
  • Prof. Derk-Jan Dijk, PhD, FRSB, Professor of Sleep and Physiology, University of Surrey
  • Baroness Claire Tyler, Chair of the Lords Select Committee on Financial Exclusion

 See the full programme

The following speakers kindly agreed for their presentations to be available to view online:


John Cridland CBE, Independent Reviewer of State Pension Age, and former Director General of the Confederation of British Industry.

View John's presentation


Deborah Mattinson, Founder and Director, BritainThinks.

View Deborah's presentation


Lord Geoffrey Filkin, Chair, Centre for Ageing Better.

View Lord Filkin's presentation


Deborah Ho, Senior Manager (Customer Vulnerability and Diversity), Nationwide Building Society.

View Deborah's presentation


Richard Powley, Head of Safeguarding, Age UK.

View Richard's presentation


Sue Lindsay, Director of Customer Policy & Engagement, Wessex Water.

View Sue's presentation


Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission.

View Andrea's presentation


Daniel Stone and Ann White, Training and HR, Steelite.

View Daniel and Ann's presentation


Pam Creaven, Services Director, Age UK.

View Pam's presentation


Excellent thought provoking and informative conference. Would definitely recommend it.
Kirsty Necker, Collaboration Development Manager, Guide Dogs | For Later Life Conference 2017

Interested in attending next year?

Be the first to hear about the next For Later Life Conference by adding your details to our mailing list. Please email events@ageuk.org.uk with the subject line 'conference mailing list'. You will recieve updates about all of Age UK's conferences throughout the year.


Thanks to our conference sponsors:

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