The Centre for Ageing Better has released its 'State of Ageing 2022' report (England) which provides a comprehensive view on how people are ageing, compiled from public and government data sets.
This year their analysis shows clearly that the state of ageing is getting worse and England is becoming an increasingly challenging country to grow old in, with pensioner poverty and levels of poor health increasing.
The NPC welcomes the call in the report for an Older People’s Commissioner in England, as they already have in Northern Ireland and Wales.
Key findings from the report include:
Pensioner poverty is increasing, with 200,000 more people falling into poverty in the last year, meaning 1 in 5 people of pension age are now living in poverty.
Disability-free life expectancy – the number of years people can expect to live without a disabling illness – has reduced further.
In a period when the state pension age has risen to 66, employment rates among people approaching retirement age have fallen to their lowest levels since 2016.
New analysis of data suggests England is becoming an increasingly challenging country to grow old in, with pensioner poverty and levels of poor health increasing.
Fewer than 1 in 5 (19%) people feel enough is being done by the government to support an ageing population.
Over two thirds (69%) say the needs of older people are overlooked in society today.
More than two thirds (68%) support appointing an independent Commissioner to safeguard the rights of older people.
The full report can be downloaded
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