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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.

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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.

Publications

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In collaboration with Ipsos MORI, this report takes a look at the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of those aged 50-70 in England.
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In partnership with The King's Fund, this report summarises the role and impact of poor-quality housing on health, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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This report sets out the steps that the government can take to support older workers to prevent long-term unemployment in the wake of COVID-19.
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This briefing looks at how COVID-19 has impacted older people's internet use and sets out recommendations that will help ensure fewer people are digitally excluded.
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This report produces the findings from our survey conducted with NatCen, which looked at how people feel about their communities and the impact of the first lockdown on those aged 50 to 69.
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This report produces the findings from our survey conducted with NatCen, which looked at how people feel about their homes and the impact of the first lockdown on those aged 50 to 69.

Blogs

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The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated people’s bad physical and mental health and placed new demands on health services.
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The massive economic impact of the pandemic has resulted in significant job losses across many sectors of society but the over 50s are in danger of being overlooked.
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Data shows it is people in their 50s and 60s who are most likely to be overweight, with around seven in ten people in this age group classified as either overweight or obese.
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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic many of us are relying on technology a lot more but not everyone has access to these tools to support their daily living and wellbeing at home.
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Ageism is not just a UK issue, in fact the United Nations has recognised this as an international one with them highlighting the importance of older people in society.
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A recent report found that the government is set to miss its target to give everyone five more years of healthy life by 2030, and to reduce health inequalities between the richest and poorest.

News

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The pandemic has had the worst impact on those who are struggling financially, including on their physical and emotional health, financial security, and relationships.
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New report reveals the impact of poor homes on people in their 50s and 60s, with residents feeling ‘miserable’ and ‘overwhelmed’ by problems of cold and damp in the home.
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The number of 50-64s who are out of work has risen by more than 175,000 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Case studies and stories

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Patricia's voice - ageism in recruitment

The school worker experienced ageism after returning to work from shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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

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We've gathered some examples and resources from Age-friendly Communities in response to COVID-19.
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In this webinar we presented the findings of our research on work, health, housing and communities, which looked at the impact of COVID-19 on people aged 50-70.
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Hear how supporting older volunteers has helped organisations respond to the pandemic.
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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.