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Older people suffering increased anxiety because of recession

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The recession is having a major impact on older people with many experiencing high levels of anxiety over the threat of reduced incomes, increased taxes and cuts in vital services, according to a new study.

The Inequalities, Pensions and the Recession study, commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development, shows the rate of older people at risk of poverty fell to just over 11 per cent in 2008 from 24.7 per cent in 2004. The research, led by Prof Paddy Hillyard of Queen’s University, Belfast, in association with Dr Maureen Lyons of University College Dublin, reveals significant disparities in income and pensions among the older population. **

** This is an excerpt taken from ‘In Short’, The Irish Times, 21 Oct. 2010 edition.

Centre for Ageing Research and Development is an Atlantic grantee.

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