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The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank
dedicated to addressing issues of longevi...
The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank
dedicated to addressing issues of longevi...
The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank
dedicated to addressing issues of longevi...
The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank
dedicated to addressing issues of longevi...
The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank
dedicated to addressing issues of longevi...
The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank
dedicated to addressing issues of longevi...
The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank
dedicated to addressing issues of longevi...
The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank
dedicated to addressing issues of longevi...
The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank
dedicated to addressing issues of longevi...
The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank
dedicated to addressing issues of longevi...
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Faith in a rapidly ageing society

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New analysis shows 60s who join a gym more likely to join a religious group

The ILC-UK's longitudinal analysis also found that over 60s who join a political party are also significantly more likely to join a religious group like a church, synagogue or mosque.

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Faith in a rapidly ageing society

  1. 1. The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. Religion in England Today 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% Age 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 Age 80+ Men Women Proportion of respondents who are members of a church or other religious group
  2. 2. The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. Ethnic minorities are more likely to belong to a religious group 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% Age 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 Age 80+ Ethnic Minority White Proportion of respondents who are members of a church or other religious group
  3. 3. The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. Older people living in rural areas are more likely to belong to a religious group 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% Age 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 Age 80+ Urban Rural Proportion of respondents who are members of a church or other religious group
  4. 4. The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. Belonging to a religious group has a small, but positive impact on people’s sense of worth 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 9.0 10.0 Age 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 Age 80+ Not religious Religious On a scale from 1 to 10, to what extent do you feel things you do in your life are worthwhile?
  5. 5. The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. Belonging to a religious group has a small, but positive impact on people’s happiness 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 9.0 10.0 Age 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 Age 80+ Not religious Religious On a scale from 1 to 10, how happy did you feel yesterday?
  6. 6. The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. Belonging to a religious group does not equate to spending less time alone… 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Age 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 Age 80+ Not religious Religious Yesterday, did you spend time at home by yourself? (% answering yes)
  7. 7. The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. Organisational membership of the 60+ has increased since 2004 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 2004/5 2006/7 2008/9 2010/11 2012/13 2014/15 Member of a church or religious group Member of a political party
  8. 8. The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. Are people just becoming more active? (60+) 2004 to 2014 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Have not joined a gym Have joined a gym Have not joined a political party Have joined a political party Proportion who joined a religious group
  9. 9. The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. However, fewer people belong to religious groups compared to previous cohorts of the same age 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 2002/3 2004/5 2006/7 2008/9 2010/11 2012/13 2014/15 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80+
  10. 10. The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. But as people get older, they become more likely to join a religious group

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