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Ageing Better's response to the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact us all, Ageing Better remains as committed as ever to its mission of improving later lives.

On this page, we've curated some of our key content related to the coronavirus pandemic and its implications for society and those in or approaching later life.


Far from being a 'great leveller', the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare huge health inequalities in the UK.

The evidence so far shows that younger workers are likely to be hit hard by the economic fallout of coronavirus. But the devastation is likely to hit all ages - with particularly long-lasting consequences for older workers.

The outbreak of COVID-19 means the most vulnerable in society will be spending at least the next 12 weeks in isolation, in so called 'shielding', but what implications does this have for their physical and mental wellbeing?

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, articles that celebrate a ‘cull’ of the elderly remind us to think more carefully about our attitudes towards ageing.

COVID-19 and subsequent measures for curbing the spread of the virus has highlighted the deep inequalities within our society.

With the threat of COVID-19 taking hold, more people will be spending a considerable amount of time in self-isolation, but there are ways people of all ages and ability can keep active through a variety of exercises.

An estimated 10 million people live in a poor-quality home that risks their health, nearly one fifth of all homes.

The COVID-19 control measures meant that, overnight, anyone who could work from home was asked to do so. For many businesses and employees, this would be their first experience working from home.

The NHS is calling on 65,000 retired staff to return to support the fight against COVID-19: Who are they, why did they leave and what can they expect when they return?

Our response to the news

New ONS figures today show that 3.4 million key workers are over the age of 50, making up almost a third of all key workers. An estimated 130,000 key workers are over the age of 70.

The government has launched a major effort to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing.

The Centre for Ageing Better has responded to calls from the Social Market Foundation to scrap the triple lock on pension as a response to the economic costs of coronavirus.

Related publications

Despite profound changes to the age structure of our society, ageism is still rife. This report looks at the role and impact of language and stereotypes in framing old age and ageing in the UK.

This research highlights a need for a fundamental re-think of digital inclusion policy and practice for people in later life.

Case studies and stories


How Barnsley is using recycled tech to support its local care homes

An initiative from Barnsley council has seen refurbished laptops and tablets given to care homes in order to give them the support and help they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.


How Leeds is utilising virtual coffee mornings during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Cross Gates & District Good Neighbours' Scheme CIO in Leeds have moved their services online during the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought challenges and opportunities in equal measure.

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Maureen's voice - Getting online during the COVID-19 pandemic

For many in later life getting online can be quite a daunting prospect, but 83-year-old Maureen has taken up the challenge and shown how important it can be.

Find out more

We've gathered some examples and resources from age-friendly communities in response to COVID-19.

This Areas of Research Interest (ARI) document summarises some of the key research questions in relation to the coronavirus pandemic and the implications for those aged 50 to 70.

We held an interactive webinar exploring how age and ageing is discussed and represented across society

For Volunteers' Week 1-7 June 2019, we held an interactive webinar on Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering.