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Titchfield City Group on Ageing

Titchfield City Group on Ageing and Age-disaggregated data

December 2019

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Membership of the TCGA Steering Group

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It is almost a year since the official Steering group of the TCGA was established. For those less familiar, the main role of the Steering group is to provide leadership, monitor progress and ensure that the work being delivered is in line with the TCGA objectives. It meets monthly via teleconference and works via correspondence.

Currently members of the Steering Group are from the National Statistical Offices of the UK (Chair), South Africa, Italy, Mexico, Korea, Pakistan, Uganda, Ghana and Australia. The group also has representatives from UN Women, WHO, UN Population Fund and UNDESA including the UN Statistics Department. Finally, there are advisory members from HelpAge International, the UK's Department for International Development and Academia.

Membership is coming up for review and this may involve some rotation of places on the Steering Group with new members. If you would like to be considered for a place on the Steering Group for 2020 please let us know.

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The City Group are looking for a volunteer Statistical Office or organisation to host the third technical meeting in 2020 - please get in touch if you would like to bring the TCGA to your country

Commemorating the International Day of Older Persons

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The International Day of Older Persons is an opportunity to highlight the important contributions that older people make to society and raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of ageing in today’s world.

The event was co-organized by the NGO Committee on Ageing, New York and UNDESA Programme on Ageing, and co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations, in collaboration with the Group of Friends of Older Persons. The event brought participants from NGOs, Member States, academia and civil society.  You can find more details of the event here.

Also to mark the International Day of Older Persons, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched  a package of tools, including a digital application to help health and social workers provide better care for older people. You can read the news release for this event and download the package of tools from here.

Integrated Care for Older People

TURKSTAT released a publication on older persons in Turkey. The report which has been published within the framework of October 1 International Day of Older Persons includes the current and future demographic structure of older population and their socio-economic characteristics such as education, health, marital status, employment status, poverty and life satisfaction etc.

You can view or download the publication from the TURKSTAT website here.

United Kingdom

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UK publishes a consensus on healthy ageing.

This statement by Public Health England and the Centre for Ageing Better sets out our shared vision for making England the best place in the world to grow old. 

                                You can read the full report here.

Living longer: is age 70 the new age 65?

At the UK Office for National Statistics the team have been busy producing an article on prospective measures of ageing which was published on 19th November. The team looked at whether remaining years of life expectancy provides a more meaningful measure of likely healthcare needs than chronological age. The article provides an interesting alternative approach to ageing within the UK context of the abolishment of compulsory retirement from 2011, the State Pension Age rising and people living longer.

You can view the full article here

Professor Asghar Zaidi


Professor Asghar Zaidi (work strand lead for assessment of current evidence of available age disaggregated data) attended the International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) member meeting and the 2nd Asian Population Forum, held at Shanghai on Oct 10-12, 2019. He presented his paper on the Asian Active Ageing Index and highlighted the good work of the TCGA.


Ageing statistics produced by Statistics Mauritius have been largely used in a research study “Ageing workforce: Challenges and Opportunities for the Republic of Mauritius” undertaken by the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC).  The rationale for this study is that the ageing of the Mauritian workforce is threatening future growth in the country given its impact on productivity.

The NPCC embarked on this study in May 2018 and engaged with stakeholders including Statistics Mauritius. A report which includes a strategic plan to address the issue of an ageing workforce in the short, medium and long term has been prepared and will be submitted to Cabinet.


Every four years, The Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) organizes a general conference on the African population. The aim of this conference is to share and disseminate research evidence on population and development issues and explore ways for applying the research evidence to improve policies and programs aimed at uplifting the well-being of people in Africa. The 2019 UAP was held in Uganda from 18th - 22nd November 2019  under 16 sub-thematic areas including Ageing in Africa. 

Several papers and discussions were held on Ageing such as: National Policies, Inter-generational transfers and well being of Older persons, and Trends, Health and Socio-economic Implications of Ageing in Africa.

 you can access the UAPS website here to see more papers.


Articles for future news bulletins

This bulletin is produced on a quarterly basis to keep TCGA members informed of news and events related to our ageing work. If you would like to submit an article or have some information to share with the wider TCGA group - please get in touch with