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The State of Ageing in 2019

A new landmark report from the Centre for Ageing Better

A snapshot of ageing today and the later life prospects for people currently in their 50s and 60s.

Our report shows that large numbers of people are at risk of spending later life in poverty, ill-health and hardship.

Front cover for State of Ageing in 2019, showing illustration of a world where everyone ages well

The State of Ageing in 2019: Adding life to our years

Our report gives a snapshot of ageing today and in the future, focusing on the areas we know make a difference to people’s later lives.

A landmark report on the state of ageing in Britain shows that a significant proportion of the population is at risk of suffering poverty, ill-health and hardship in later life.

Valerie an older woman sitting on a chair

Valerie’s voice

Valerie, 77, tells her story of retirement, driven by ill health and demands of work, which made it difficult to remain in employment.

Our report 'The State of Ageing in 2019' reveals that Britain’s least well-off die younger and get sicker earlier than their wealthier peers.

Compared to the wealthiest quintile, the poorest quintile of men aged 50 and over are:

Stat on health of the poorest older men

When does old age begin?

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