Living on a low income has been found to negatively affect people’s emotional well-being. Older people living in poverty have also been found to be at risk of developing mental health problems along these lines.
It’s a major concern for Christine, a 65-year-old woman, whose story was shared exclusively with Express.co.uk
Christine lives alone in Yorkshire, following the death of her husband.
She is eligible for pension credit which she uses to make ends meet in addition to a small private pension her husband left behind when he died.
However, her low income proves to be a constant source of worry and worry.
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“I constantly have to monitor everything I spend. Not just once in a while, constantly.
“And I do, and I’m careful. I circulate my money, but it is not easy.
Research by Independent Age has shown that older people with the lowest incomes have a higher risk of developing mental health problems.
The study found that stress, resource scarcity and negative perceptions of poverty can all impact a person’s mental health.
While Adrian, 66, added: “I am on the razor’s edge, shall we say. I can just about survive, but I’m worried.
Independent Age has called on the government to take action to develop a strategy for older people living in poverty.
The charity has also called for the role of an Elderly Commissioner to be established in England and Scotland.
This, he says, could hold the government to account and ensure provisions are made to reduce poverty later in life.
Express.co.uk has contacted the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for comment.