Only 6% of the over-65 age group would describe themselves as old, and around 83% believe they still have a big contribution to make to the country, according to a recent survey for personal alarm provider Invicta Telecare.
However, almost half of those who took part in the YouGov poll said their generation was still held back by “old fashioned” opinions on what it means to grow older, and over 60% still believe they are viewed as a problem by the rest of society.
The survey also investigated what plans respondents had made for their future, and found 65% still hadn’t given any serious thought to the level of care and support they might require in their later years. This is despite the fact that around a fifth are worried about being seen as a burden by friends and family.
“With the number of us aged 65 and over set to increase rapidly, it’s important to tackle the old-fashioned taboos that many are coming up against,” commented Wendy Darling, managing director at Invicta Telecare. “We all need to be prepared to discuss this subject more openly within our families and make sure people get access to the right information and help for them.”