Struggling to cope

Age UK wants to see a world where everyone can enjoy and make the most of later life. Feeling well, having enough money, eating well and staying socially connected are key to wellbeing, but we know that some older people struggle with this.

We wanted to know more about what life is like for older people who show signs of struggling in various aspects of their lives, which might include:

  • Not keeping on top of household tasks
  • Hoarding
  • Letting their property fall into disrepair
  • Not maintaining personal hygiene
  • Not eating properly
  • Not taking medication
  • Social isolation and ‘shutting off from the world’
  • Not keeping on top of finances, leading to debt or threats of eviction