The Big Middle

Tina Woods

Episode Summary

Ambitious national longevity strategy in the works in UK

Episode Notes

You may well have missed the birth here in the UK of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on longevity.

The announcement coincided with our first glimpse of a certain baby Archie. Safe to say, the newest member of the royal family has an excellent chance of living to 100 or more. Notwithstanding happenstance, his will be a cushy ride with opportunities aplenty.

But what fate awaits the less-privileged, now that one in three newborns are on course to live that long? And how will you and I make the most of the extra ten years we’re likely to live in good health?

Questions for my guest Tina Woods, CEO and co-founder of Longevity International, a think tank that’s running the new APPG on longevity.


Scope, goals, challenges, membership of APPG on benefits of longevity: To achieve additional five healthy, independent years by 2035, securing UK’s lead in global longevity league

Corporates, as well as all sectors of society, need to rise to the untapped opportunities of longer, healthy lives

“We’re speaking to a lot of leaders in business and a lot of them are still thinking about millennials as the big opportunity. They forget that, actually, the +50 market is the third largest after China and the US, if you add up all the money.”

Preventative health a critical component of a national longevity strategy

APPG looking to collaborate with “pioneering organisations”, people with “passion and commitment”

Why Britain primed to outperform other countries in the longevity dividend stakes

Building an ecosystem for the APPG

What say to sceptics impatient for action after decades of study of implications of ageing population?

Rounding up the usual and “unusual suspects” to get a move on to craft strategy to deliver longevity benefits involves finding the “burning platforms” to achieve real change

How harness AI and data for longevity - “really exciting” applications, innovations and interventions that are safe, effective, ethical


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