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Read the summarised version of our annual State of Ageing report, which highlights rising pensioner poverty and poor health.
This chapter sets the scene for how people in the UK are ageing today and our prospects for a good later life.
Over 50s are being left behind by the post-pandemic employment recovery, and they face many barriers to re-employment.
An increasing number of people are rented rather than owning their own homes in later life. And millions of homes are bad for people's health and wellbeing.
More people are living with illness and disability, and life expectancy is falling – but these aren't being experienced equally.
Despite the importance of staying connected to our community, inequalities are shaping people's quality of life and access to support.