We want everyone to be able to enjoy their later life, regardless of their background or circumstances.
We’re building the evidence base around inequalities and how people’s circumstances and experiences throughout their lives can impact on their later life. We’re finding out how different forms of inequality interact and overlap, and what can be done to address them.
There are stark inequalities in how different people experience later life. As we get older, the steady accumulation of a lifetime of advantages or disadvantages, together with differences such as our ethnicity, where we live, and our income, result in vastly unequal levels of health, wealth, happiness and security in later life.
The causes of inequality are often complex and interrelated. But a failure to understand and address them risks storing up problems for the future, with implications for individuals and society as increasing numbers of us live for longer in worse health and without adequate income.
We’re working to better understand our increasingly diverse ageing population and influencing policymakers to tackle the causes and implications of inequality in later life.