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Wellbeing research

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 ( February 2017)

Authors: Dr Marcus Green, Professor José Iparraguirre, Dr Susan Davidson, Phil Rossall, Professor Asghar Zaidi

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

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Last updated: Nov 24 2017

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