England is becoming a more challenging country to grow old in. That is the verdict of the Centre for Ageing Better in its latest annual comprehensive review. A financially secure and healthy later life is getting increasingly unlikely for millions of people, it says. The state pension is among the worst in Europe, pension age has risen and employment among those nearing retirement has dipped to its lowest level since 2016. Life expectancy has fallen and varies by up tp ten years depending on where people live – and over 17 years in the time we are likely to live without a disabling illness. Nearly one in five homes headed by someone aged 60 or over is a health risk. And the number of men aged 65 or over living along rose by 67% between 2000 and 2019.

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