November 2020

The numbers behind ageism

More people experience ageism than any other form of discrimination in the UK. We look at the numbers behind what makes the UK an ageist society

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1 in 3 people in the UK report experiencing age prejudice or discrimination

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Life expectancy increases by 7.5 years when one thinks positively about ageing

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The perceived start of old age in the UK is 59 years old

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Only 3.6% of homes have the essential features that would make them accessible to a person with mobility problems

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More people report suffering from age discrimination than any other form of discrimination

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70.8% of UK workers say age discrimination is common in their workplace; this rises to 85.3% among those aged 55–64

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36% of over-50s feel they have been disadvantaged at work because of their age

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1 in 3 people think the shift towards an older society will make life worse, in terms of standards of living, security, health, jobs and education

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Nearly 30% of people believe there is more prejudice against older people than five years ago

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27% of people think in five years there will be more prejudice against people aged over 70