The Cost of an Ageing Population will “Dwarf” the Financial Crisis | ILC UK Blog2012/01/22 Part of the solution has to be to take a holistic and strategic look at an ageing society. For example, Can we find innovative ways of paying for preventative healthcare? Can we incentivise people to stay active for longer? Can we deliver more and better jobs for those close to (and beyond) the State Pension Age? Or could we offer a flexible state pension where individuals could choose to draw down a smaller state pension earlier in retirement in return for a more generous one later on?.