The study, released to launch GrandFest 2017, a one-day festival celebrating older people and their craft skills, found 63% of over 70s are happier now than they have ever been. Furthermore over half (52%) believe they are still in the prime of their life, according to new research from older people’s charity, Royal Voluntary Service.
Growing a bit long in the tooth comes with many perks. Two thirds say the best thing about getting older is having more time to do what they want. Other benefits include worrying less about things that aren’t important (52%), no longer caring what people think (37%) and being able to speak their mind (27%).
According to the over 70s, action and attitude have an equal impact on their wellbeing. Sharing their top 10 secrets to a happy and healthy older age, 89% said keeping their brain active was a priority while 75% cited having a positive outlook on life. Regular exercise (61%) and laughter (66%) were also recognised as important components. And whilst not making the top 10, almost one quarter (24%) also said intimate relations were a key ingredient to staying happy and healthy in later life.
Previous research by the charity also revealed the importance of continuing to maintain hobbies into later life. Sixty nine per cent of over 70 year olds practice at least two hobbies on a regular basis claiming this contributes significantly to their health and wellbeing.
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