Older, different, equal


Older people are diverse

Grouping all older people together and assuming that their lives are all the same is misleading. It can leave some older people out of the conversation.

  • Some older people have lived with poverty for all of their lives and now face their later life with financial and housing insecurity whilst living on small pensions.
  • Some older people come from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, some may have migrated to the UK and some are British descendants of migrants.
  • Some older people become disabled and disabled people become older.
  • Some older people have always been Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ+) and some come out in their later life.

Ageing and ageism affect us differently

Some of the negative attitudes towards both older and disabled people have emerged strongly throughout the Covid-19 crisis, our statement about Covid and Ageism explores these issues in more depth.


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