The Centre for Ageing Better has published their flagship report, The State of Ageing 2022, which is a comprehensive review of the most recent national data on ageing.

It is widely known that people’s experiences of growing older vary, but the State of Ageing report makes clear that a financially secure and healthy later life is becoming increasingly unlikely for millions of people. And, with the population ageing rapidly, the number of people at risk is growing at an alarming rate.

About the report

‘The State of Ageing 2022’ is the Centre for Ageing Better’s new online, interactive report capturing a snapshot of how people in the UK are ageing today, while looking at past trends and our prospects if action isn’t taken. It suggests England is becoming an increasingly challenging country to grow old in, with pensioner poverty and levels of poor health increasing. The report highlights other trends that will have a significant impact on people’s security and quality of life in old age and looks across four areas – work, housing, health, and communities.

Not enough is being done to support everyone to age well and the government cannot shy away from this. With an ageing population, these problems are becoming more and more urgent, and the government must show that they’re serious about supporting everyone to have a decent old age by committing to a long-term strategy and by developing the legislation to create an Older People’s Commissioner as soon as possible.

Key messages and stats

Today, in England there are almost 11 million people aged 65 and over (19% of the total population). In 10 years’ time more than 13 million people will be aged 65 and over (22% of the population).

  • New analysis of data suggests England is becoming an increasingly challenging country to grow old in, with pensioner poverty and levels of poor health increasing.
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 (19%) people feel enough is being done by the government to support an ageing population.
  • Over two thirds (69%) say the needs of older people are overlooked in society today.
  • More than two thirds (68%) support appointing an independent Commissioner to safeguard the rights of older people.
  • The number of years we can expect to spend in good health, without a disabling illness, continues to decline; this is now 62.4 years for men and 60.9 years for women.

There is a webinar to explore the key themes of the report on Tuesday 5 April 09:30-10:30. It would be great if you could attend and you can pre-register for the event here.

You can download the full report below:

The State of Ageing 2022 Report