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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Private Roundtable: Boom and bust? The last baby boomers and their prospects for later life

IPPR, in partnership with Ageing Better, hosted this private roundtable event on understanding the experiences of those aged 50-69. This event took place on Tuesday 30th  November at 12.30-14.00 (GMT) via ZOOM.

Increasing lifespans mean that by 2038, nearly 10 million of us will be in our 70s and 80s. Our research shows that unless we take immediate action to improve their prospects today, 2.6 million of these people – men and women who are in their 50s and 60s now - are at risk of having a poor quality of life in old age. This is because they are already missing out on key factors that we know are essential to a good experience of ageing such as social connections, financial security, and good health - factors which in the next twenty years are likely to get worse.

Ageing Better commissioned University College London (UCL) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) to carry out a mixed-methods research study to give us the fullest picture of people’s lives at this stage. We presented and discussed our findings at this roundtable.

Our speakers included:

  • Maggie Rae, President of the Faculty of Public Heath
  • Jabeer Butt, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation
  • Dr Carole Easton, Chief Executive at Centre for Ageing Better
  • Dr. Paola Zaninotto, Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Public Health, Institute of Epidemiology & Health, UCL
  • Clare McNeil, Associate Director for Work and Welfare State at IPPR
  • other speakers to be announced

If you are interested in attending or would like more information on this event, please contact [email protected]