The experience of people approaching later life in lockdown


This new research carried out by Ipsos MORI and the Centre for Ageing Better shines a light on the impact lockdown has had on those aged 50-70, revealing dramatic changes to people’s lives and plans for the future. The wide-ranging report includes a section on home and community and highlights on housing, especially in relation to the impact on renters, and the growing use of digital technology.

The report reveals contrasting experiences of people in this age cohort with many having seen their health deteriorate with more unhealthy behaviours, over half have had medical or dental appointments cancelled, and there was concern over financial security - with more than two in five fearing their finances will worsen in the year to come. But it also shows some positive changes, with many appreciating the time spent with family, helping their communities, a better work-life balance and time to reflect on their careers and future.