Dr Anna Dixon is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better. Anna joined Ageing Better in September 2015 from the Department of Health where she was Director of Strategy and Chief Analyst.
Anna has more than 15 years’ experience of working at the interface of research, policy and practice focused on health and care including at The King’s Fund, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.
The Prime Minister in her conference address this week would be prudent to return to the theme of fairness. It struck a chord with people in the early days of her premiership when she first addressed the country outside of Downing Street.
There is a hidden group of older people who are facing significant challenges to their future. I'm not talking about the very worst off i.e. those who are reliant on benefits, rather the 1.8 million working households aged between 50 and State Pension age who - despite a significant increase in employment over the last 20 years - are earning relatively little.
Today's Annual Report from the Chief Medical Officer tackles a subject close to our hearts - how to help the 'baby boomer' generation age well. As the CMO points out, people aged 50-70 are a large and diverse group: over 35% of the population are over 50 and the median age is already 40.
Blink and you would have missed it. The Chancellor's mention of responding to the issue of longevity in the next parliament was fleeting and has been widely interpreted as scrapping the triple lock on pensions. But Chancellor, if you are at last beginning to think about the ageing population, pension reform is only one piece of the jigsaw.
Many people think about these issues too late. For others life events happen and prevent them from saving or contributing to a pension. For many others there simply isn't the money to save when the bills are paid. The Centre for Ageing Better wants more people to feel prepared for later life. We will be exploring how we can contribute to this goal in coming months.
Adaptations to people's homes can have numerous benefits - enabling people to manage activities of daily living, to remain mobile and active, reducing falls, and consequently reducing the costs of health and care.
Nearly every announcement from the Chancellor is quickly followed by an analysis of winners and losers. In the analysis that followed the comprehensive spending review 2015, the NHS was seen to be a winner (at least compared to other areas of public spending - many of which saw further swinging cuts to budgets). But who are the winners and losers between the generations?
Our own research has shown there is currently a wide variation in how people experience later life. Despite many people having positive experiences, too many people still suffer from ill health or disability, experience poverty or financial insecurity, feel lonely and isolated, or lack meaning and purpose in their lives.
23/02/2016 12:12 GMT
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