Age UK: New Analysis Shows Older Women are being Especially Badly Hit by the Pandemic

Age UK: New Analysis Shows Older Women are being Especially Badly Hit by the Pandemic

Posted: Tue, 26 Jul 2022 14:45

The latest wave of Age UK's research into the impact of the pandemic on older people has found that older women have been and continue to be more adversely affected than older men. For example, just over a quarter (28%) of older women say their general health has got worse over this period compared to just over a fifth (22%) of older men. This difference is statistically significant in research terms.

The government has committed to publishing a Women's Health Strategy this year and Age UK says it is crucial that it recognises and responds to the needs of older women, as well as younger ones. Previous experience suggests documents of this kind often focus almost exclusively on women of child-bearing age. The charity says that the needs of older women must not be overlooked.

The charity says it research finds that COVID-19 and its fall out has led to substantial numbers of older women reporting big adverse change in their physical and mental health. With so much pressure on our health and care services, it also finds that many older women have had to take on new caring responsibilities for loved ones, or provide more support for them because the person's health has deteriorated over the last two years and their care needs have consequently increased.

Age UK's most recent research found that significant numbers of older women are not recovering well from the effects of the pandemic with:

  • 2,978,000 (35%) older women feeling more anxious since the start of the pandemic compared with older men at 1,571,000 (20%).
  • 2,298,000 (27%) older women saying they are in more physical pain since the start of the pandemic compared with 1,492,000 (19%) older men.
  • 2,383,000 (28%) older women saying their general health has got worse compared with 1,728,000 (22%) older men.
  • 1,362,000 (16%) older women saying they are less independent compared with 864,000 (11%) older men.

Tags: Age Uk, Insight, Older People, Research