In Brief: While not true of all those in this segment, they are typically similar demographically to those classed as Can do and Connected, but with weaker social connections and a more negative outlook on later life.
These people are older, aged 70 or above and have retired. The house where they live is increasingly unsuitable for them – they may have made some changes to it to address this. They feel isolated – they need people more than they used to but don’t want to be a burden. They have enough money to spend on their needs – including the odd treat – but find that going out is more difficult which adds to their sense of loneliness.
The chart below indicates how the Worried And Disconnected segment perform on a number of key measures that influence wellbeing in later life like health, finances and social connections. While precise figures are shown on the chart, to help you make sense of it at a glance, the greater the area that is shaded in, the better their score. The chart highlights two scores for each measure – those experienced by the segment, and the average for those aged 50 and above as a whole – hover over the axis points on the chart to find out more.
One of the older segments, around half (51%) have health conditions which limit what they are able to do. Compared to the average they also experience a higher level of depressive symptoms.
Other than taking the medicine prescribed to him by his doctor, he doesn’t really take any steps to promote a healthy later life. He says he eats and drinks what he wants and doesn’t exercise aside from walking short distances around the area where he lives.
He’s glad of the treatment though – when he first suffered memory loss he was worried he had dementia, which he recently lost his wife too. Having seen her suffer it was of great concern to him that he might have to go through the same thing.
This segment have weaker social connections than average – over one in ten (13%) do not have an friend or family member that they can rely on if they have a serious problem. This social isolation contributes to their lower wellbeing.
He enjoys his visits to the pub; while he isn’t keen on the idea of joining a group or taking up a hobby, this provides him with an opportunity to spend time with others.
He particularly enjoys the company of his two closest friends who he shares a drink with – though he notes how much better off they are than him because they still live with their partners.
This means that he can spend long periods of time indoors, on his own, sitting on the sofa. He feels stuck in a rut, but doesn’t know how to change things for the better – he feels that he is too old to meet anyone new. However, without the support of a long-term companion, he finds it hard to look to the future with much enthusiasm.
None of this segment fall below the poverty line and they are relatively unlikely to lack enough money for their needs. However, this doesn’t necessarily make them feel better about the their situation.
In spite of working later in life he did not save in his employers’ pension scheme. Instead, he relies on the state pension and the small amount of rental income he gets from his own property.
His main outgoings are his car and his rent – he has enough to cover these and says he doesn’t want for much.
Almost all in this segment own their own home (95%) and compared to the average they are less likely to have problems with their accommodation.
He’s keen to stay in his home for the rest of his life – and thinks that this will be possible; with no stairs to contend with, he considers it a suitable house to grow old in. The few friends he has are in the area too, so he doesn’t want to move away from them.
He doesn’t feel there is much community spirit where he lives though – he doesn’t think that people look out for each other.