Survey finds OAPs’ sturdy willpower to keep up independence in later life

RETIREES are decided to keep up their independence in later life, by dressing how they please, happening as many holidays as doable and studying new abilities.

A ballot of two,000 adults of their seventh decade and past discovered 72 per cent are troubled by the thought of being a burden to others sooner or later.

Retirees have revealed how onerous they work to maintain their independenceCredit score: Getty

However whereas 73 per cent really feel years youthful than their precise age, 78 per cent really feel holding their minds sharp now will assist them keep self-sufficient long run.

In consequence, many are turning to crossword puzzles, Sudoku and taking on a brand new pastime.

Others preserve an curiosity in what their grandchildren are doing, have common conversations with youthful family about what’s cool and go to the pub not less than as soon as every week.

It additionally emerged 75 per cent nonetheless have quite a few elements of the world left on their want checklist they intend visiting, with eight in 10 seeing journey as a option to keep independence.

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Spencer J McCarthy, chairman & CEO of Churchill Retirement Dwelling, which commissioned the analysis, stated: “Independence can imply various things to totally different individuals because the outcomes have proven.

“It’s extremely essential to people who they keep impartial for so long as doable as they become older, and the analysis has proven many try to attain this by holding their physique and thoughts energetic and having fun with a full and assorted life-style.

“In consequence, it’s reassuring to listen to that many really feel youthful than they’re, and that individuals are more and more energetic and adventurous of their later years.”

It additionally emerged energised retirees really feel a median of 14 years youthful than their precise age, and 36 per cent consider themselves to be extra energetic than they had been 20 years in the past.

Whereas half (49 per cent) reckon they’re doing job of fixing individuals’s perceptions of what ‘outdated’ individuals are like by their youthful behaviours.

Nevertheless, a 3rd consider their grandkids see them as ‘outdated’, though on common individuals attain the age of 63 earlier than they felt ‘outdated’ themselves.

However, if they might choose any age to be once more, they’d select 30.

As retirees preserve busy, naturally this results in leaving properties empty, with one in six feeling uncomfortable about doing so when heading away on a vacation for every week or extra.

One in 5 (19 per cent) have skilled a break in, or an tried one at their property when left unattended.

Whereas 21 per cent of adults over 65 within the ballot, through OnePoll, admitted their present property is greater than they want, with the identical quantity unable to do as a lot as they’d like attributable to a scarcity of spare revenue.

Churchill’s Spencer J McCarthy added: “If you’re residing life to the complete you don’t need to be held again by fear, resembling issues over your property if you’re away on an extended journey or visiting family and friends.

“A wonderful thing about residing in an condominium resembling ours is the actual fact you possibly can get pleasure from full peace of thoughts if you’re off in your adventures.

“You possibly can simply ‘lock up and go away’ and revel in your time away protected within the data that your property will probably be safe if you get again.”


1.            Gardening

2.            Dressing how I please

3.            Consuming a assorted weight-reduction plan

4.            Maintaining in contact with outdated mates

5.            Crossword puzzles

6.            Utilizing Fb

7.            Watching new TV exhibits

8.            Maintaining an curiosity in what my grandkids are doing

9.            Taking vitamin dietary supplements

10.         Exercising not less than twice every week

11.         Abiding by the rule of getting ‘slightly of what you fancy’

12.         Taking part in with grandkids

13.         Getting a lot of sleep at evening so I’ve sufficient vitality for the day

14.         Utilizing public transport usually

15.         Happening as many holidays as doable

16.         Sudoku

17.         Consuming out often

18.         Stretching

19.         Dying my hair

20.         Studying new abilities

21.         Common conversations about what’s ‘cool’ with grandkids/youthful relations

22.         Doing the ‘Wordle’ on daily basis to maintain my thoughts sharp

23.         Persevering with to work

24.         Going to the pub not less than as soon as every week

25.         Hanging out with individuals youthful than me

26.         Taking part in video video games

27.         Taking on a brand new pastime

28.         Utilizing Instagram

29.         Maintaining with new music/what’s within the charts

30.         Utilizing Twitter