20 things the over 60s don’t miss about being younger
Researchers from retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone, polled 1,500 adults aged 60 and over to see how they felt about being older.
The good news is that contrary to the usual media depiction of the grumpy, sad and lonely older person, almost two thirds (63 percent) of over 60s say they are happier now than they have ever been … and that they don’t miss the strife that comes with being young.
The vast majority (87 per cent) said, although they enjoyed their youth and miss certain aspects of it – they are just as happy now as they ever were. More than half said their relationship with their spouse was at its best –without the stress of jobs and families and nearly three quarters said they were happy with what they had achieved in life with marriage, children, owning a home and travelling the world among the biggest accomplishments.
Of those polled, 28 per cent had already downsized with nearly nine in ten saying it has made life much easier.
So what aspects of their younger lifestyle are older people delighted to have ditched in their golden years:
- Being at work five days a week
- Having to get up to an alarm clock
- Having to be up and out the house at a certain time
- Revising for and sitting exams
- Enduring the daily commute to work
- Financial worries
- Having to dress suitably for work everyday
- Having to spend your working week with people you don’t like
- Having a boss who breathes down your neck
- Getting children up and ready for school
- Juggling work and family commitments
- Waiting for pay day
- Tidying up after the children all day long
- Worrying about what other people think
- Having awkward first dates
- Never having a lie-in
- Ironing school uniforms on a Sunday night
- Not being self-confident
- Packing everything but the kitchen sink for family holidays
- Struggling to get on the property ladder
Although this survey is very positive and a cause for celebration, we understand that life isn’t a “bowl of cherries” for all older people, so If you are having any problems then please give Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton a ring on 01704 542 993. We’re here to help.