As the DWP publishes the results of its survey highlighting how attitudes to old age have been changing, Saga’s own survey of the nation’s over 50s reveals just how outdated conventional attitudes to being old really are.
When asked the question “Do you feel ‘old’?” 86% of people over 50 answered “No” and in fact, almost 90% of respondents in their 50s and in their 60s also do not feel old. As regards those in their 70s ,still 84% answered “No” and an astonishing 68% of those over 75 also do not feel “old”.
Dr Ros Altmann, Director-General, Saga said: “So there you have it, people who are generally considered old by society do not feel so and attitudes to old age are clearly undergoing a major societal shift – and about time too. This is an indication that all of us can look forward to longer – and happier – lives.
“Saga has long recognised that people now stay fit and active much longer than in the past and medical advances have done wonders for our quality of life. We should not write ourselves us off just because of a meaningless chronological age and most of us will be able to embrace and enjoy living longer.”
Populus interviewed 10,322 Saga customers, all aged 50+, online between 16th and 21st December 2011. Click here for full breakdown of results: