Worryingly, the same data highlighted that women over 50 are one and a half times as likely to have suffered mental health problems because of the crisis than men.
Ian Atkinson, a director at SunLife, commented on these problems: “Our research shows that the pandemic has taken its toll on older people’s mental health, and women more than men.
“There are undoubtedly a number of factors at play here, but not being able to travel, and the lack of social contact are likely to be major reasons, as previous studies have told us that spending time with family and going on holiday are the things that bring older people – particularly women – the most happiness.
“The disruption to jobs, worsening work/life balance and reduced incomes has almost certainly had an impact; almost half of people over 50 who were working at the start of the crisis have seen their job negatively impacted and 39 percent are now worse off than they were before.
“But, with the vaccine programme well underway and the roadmap for the easing of restrictions now in place, at least now there is some light at the end of the tunnel and older people can hopefully start feeling a bit more positive about the future.”