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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.

Blogs

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A recent report by Ipsos MORI revealed what life has been like for those in their 50s and 60s during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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The devastating impact COVID-19 has had on the economy may have a silver lining for older workers’ job prospects.
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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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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.

Our response to the news

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A new report from Ageing Better and the Learning and Work Institute shows that the number of older workers on unemployment benefits has doubled as a result of the pandemic.
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New data from Ipsos MORI and the Centre for Ageing Better suggests that the coronavirus crisis risks creating a 'lost generation' of retirees facing poor health and financial insecurity in retirement.
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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.

Related publications

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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 snapshot report evaluates the Leeds Neighbourhood Network (LNN), especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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.

Case studies and stories

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David's voice - Getting back into work during COVID-19

David, 56, had a twenty-year career as a high-profile trade union official. But after he left work to care for his partner in 2010, he’s struggled to get back into work.
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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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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.
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We held an interactive webinar exploring how age and ageing is discussed and represented across society
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For Volunteers' Week 1-7 June 2019, we held an interactive webinar on Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering.