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Age UK aims to measure how older people in the UK are doing. We are using the term wellbeing as the main outcome of interest.

We need to be able to understand where and why wellbeing is low to inform our influencing activity, and to gain an understanding of the policy and practical levers for improving wellbeing.

Age UK’s Index of Wellbeing in Later Life allows us to:

  • Focus on older people, rather than all ages;
  • Cover most aspects of people’s lives by using multiple indicators of wellbeing in one single measure;
  • Focus on objective as well as subjective aspects of life and wellbeing


Summary of Age UK's Index of Wellbeing in Later Life

  • Authors: Dr Marcus Green, Professor José Iparraguirre, Dr Susan Davidson, Phil Rossall, Professor Asghar Zaidi
  • Format: PDF (425 KB)
  • Date published: February 2017

Download the report

New: Wellbeing factors from the literature and how we used them in our model.

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Find out how the Indicators used in the Index were defined.

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Read more about the statistical methods used to develop our Index

Download the PDF (452KB)

Some FAQs about the Index

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More reports will be available in due course.

Our Expert Panel participants:

Professor Chris Phillipson, The University of Manchester

Jen Beaumont, Office for National Statistics (retired)

Professor Patrick Rabbitt, Oxford University

Margaret Robinson, Peterborough Older People's Partnership Board

Dr Alan Burnett, Portsmouth Pensioners’ Association

Professor Ann Bowling, University of Southampton

Penny Thewlis, Age UK Oxfordshire

Dr Ursula Henz, London School of Economics

Dr Dawn Snape, Office for National Statistics

Michael Fassio, Guest participant

Dr Aparna Shankar, St George's, University of London and University College London

Professor Josie Tetley, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Sarah Alden, University of Sheffield

Dr Andrea Wigfield, University of Sheffield

Paul Cann, Age UK Oxfordshire

Contact us at

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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