It's true! You're only as old as you feel
Filed under: Retirement
Because the research has found that many of those traditionally treated as old, that is those aged over 65, are behaving in reality more like we'd expect from those in middle-age.
As the report by the City Bridge Trust declared: '75 is the new 65'.
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How did we get to this point?
Well, many people of pensionable age are working past the age of 65, they have active lives, they have a car or access to public transport, their nutrition, health and medical treatment is improving, they've knocked smoking on the head and overall their lifestyles are better than in years gone past.
And after all, there's no rule that says you must simply give up the ghost on your 65th birthday.
It's a helpful study as it means the services we usually visit upon those we deem 'elderly' can be reallocated to the age group that really needs them. That looks to be those over 75. Of course this is a pretty crude simplification but maybe a better starting point than patronising those retirees who would rather escape from a needy family and jet off to Portugal for a round of golf than sit around a council day centre eating biscuits and watching the clock.
While the stark identification of loneliness as a problem for the elderly should make us sit up and think how best to address it, at least if we free up the resources from where they're not needed, we might have the chance to do something about it.
Frankly, it's the least we can do.