Coronavirus will ‘set people in mid-life on a path to poverty and ill-health’

Poor health, unsafe housing, financial inequalities and a lack of social connections have exacerbated the impact of coronavirus across the country, according to a report by Centre for Ageing Better (CAB).

Coronavirus risks setting people in mid-life on a path to poverty and ill-health in old age, according to our new report, which warns that the virus will exacerbate existing inequalities.

The report, ‘The State of Ageing in 2020’ warns that poor health, unsafe and low-quality housing, and a lack of social connections have exacerbated the impact of the pandemic particularly among the less well-off.

The impact of the pandemic will also widen regional inequalities, with people in the North of England set to die younger and spend longer in ill-health.

CAB said 65-69 year-olds in the South East can expect to spend 11 more years without a disability or long-term health condition, compared to just 8.3 years for those in the North East.

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