People are living longer but society is unprepared for our ageing population.
The UK’s population is undergoing a massive age shift. There are over 11 million people aged 65 and in ten years’ time this will have increased to 13 million people, 22% of the population.
The fact that many of us are living longer is to be celebrated. But society still has inaccurate assumptions about ageing and the experience of ageing in England is getting worse and more unequal.
A growing number of people are experiencing poverty, discrimination and poor health as they get older.
We are working to drive the changes that are needed to respond to this shifting age demographic. These require new approaches across society and for us all to think, feel and act differently about ageing.
A new report, commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better, reveals the number of 65-year-olds living in absolute income poverty more than doubled in the two years after the process to increase the state pension age to 66 began