When it comes to ageing, we often forget about ordinary problems that face people as they enter later life. Meeting these seemingly minor challenges could have huge benefits for the UK’s ageing population.
The stated aim of the new state pension is to provide a basic level of income, which people are expected to top up with private pension income. When asking what makes for an adequate income in later life, the best test of the role of the state pension is how well it serves those who are reliant on it as their main or only source of income in later life.
As Greater Manchester becomes the UK's first age-friendly city region, as recognised by the World Health Organisation, it's good to reflect on what an Age-friendly Community actually means in practice.