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People live longer, more active lives according to new figures

Today’s seniors live more active lives into their later years, bringing with it the need to support independence long into retirement as ‘old age’ is redefined following new data from the United Nations.

 

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People live longer, more active lives according to new figures

Today’s seniors live more active lives into their later years, bringing with it the need to support independence long into retirement as ‘old age’ is redefined following new data from the United Nations.

 

Old age is getting older. According to new scientific analysis, the median age in the UK has risen to 41 compared to 35 in the 1960s, suggesting that Britain’s elderly will be older before they can be considered seniors.

People are living longer, more fruitful lives and with this healthier outlook, the need to facilitate independence is crucial. Access to affordable mobility aids such as cheap stairlifts can offer assistance to older people when needed, and help to maintain an otherwise active lifestyle.

The new median age, having risen at a staggering rate by six years in the past three decades, is substantiated by demographers Warren C. Sanderson and Sergei Scherbov in the latest issue of journal Population and Development Review.

The pair claim that the rise in the average age is to be expected. As Scherbov says: “Today people are climbing mountains at 80, running marathons and going to universities and living longer.”

Traditionally old age has been determined by remaining life expectancy and used to calculate the national retirement age, but now this approach is considered outdated. Instead, policy makers are being urged to review how they define this point. In fact, organisations promoting age awareness are increasingly advising that an individual’s overall health and cognitive ability be taken into account to assess whether they qualify for retirement and other benefits, as well as the country’s economic ability to support the retired.

Independent Age’s chief executive Janet Morrison adds: “The 300,000 increase in the number of over 65s in the UK illustrates a long-term trend towards an aging population.

“The figure demonstrates the urgent need to reform our health, housing and social care systems to better support this change.”

It’s unclear how the recent findings are likely to affect seniors at this point, but as we continue to be active for longer, knowing that there are facilities designed to help with mobility can bring reassurance in helping to lead a self-sufficient lifestyle long into our golden years.

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