Age of opportunity: transforming the lives of older people in poverty: executive summary: summary

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Centre for Social Justice (Great Britain). Older Age Working Group
Centre for Social Justice
Date of publication
29 June 2011
Older Adults, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This summary presents proposals for improving the lives of an estimated one million pensioners living in poverty in deprived communities. The first priority of the  strategy to tackle pensioner poverty is to re-engage the most isolated older people and build dynamic communities. As well as more active outreach, any strategy to make later life an age of opportunity for the poorest pensioners also depends upon a far greater level of local coordination between services and charities. Creating dynamic communities in which older people can thrive also depends on making neighbourhoods physically accessible through improved transport links.