Happiness comes at 75?

Happiness comes at 75?

Challenging the stereotype of old age as a time of isolation and unhappiness, the study by the Department for Work and Pensions in the UK also found that feelings of social isolation were more common among the young.

Based on a survey of 1,867 adults, the report looked at expectations and experiences of later life in Britain.

About 72 per cent of respondents aged over 75 years said they never felt lonely, compared with 51 per cent of the 16 to 34 year-olds, the Daily Telegraph reported.

While 10 per cent of people aged between 65 and 74 said they were sometimes or often lonely, 21 per cent of those aged 50 to 59 felt the same.

Researchers suggested that "the peak age for feeling isolated is between 50 and 59, which may relate to children leaving home and, for some people, early retirement".

The survey also found that 72 per cent of people aged 75 and over believed their neighbourhood was "definitely a good place to grow old".

Only 58 per cent of those in their 50s gave such a positive answer, and among the youngest, the figure was 36 per cent.

Older people were also found to be more optimistic about their own life expectancy then the young.

On average, men over 65 estimated that they would live to be 87, and women in the same group forecast 88. For those aged 16 to 34, average estimates were 79 for men and 80 for women, according to the survey

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