HEALTH

Over-70s hav­ing a fine time

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AThose flour­ish­ing in older age are the ones keep­ing ac­tive and en­gaged and con­tin­u­ing to en­joy their hob­bies

lmost two-thirds of older peo­ple claim they are “hap­pier than they have ever been”, a poll has sug­gested.

The Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice said that 63 per cent of peo­ple over the age of 70 feel more con­tent than at any other point in their lives.

And half claim they are in the prime of their life.

Wor­ry­ing less, hav­ing more time for per­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties and no longer car­ing what peo­ple think are some of the things high­lighted as a ben­e­fit of grow­ing older by the 1,500 Bri­tish adults ques­tioned by the char­ity.

The sur­vey also quizzed older peo­ple about the key to keep­ing happy in older age.

Men­tal ex­er­cises, reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ex­er­cise and see­ing friends and family were some of the top tips cited by those ques­tioned.

“It’s heart­en­ing to find out so many peo­ple say life gets bet­ter as you age,” said David McCul­lough, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice.

“Those flour­ish­ing in older age are the ones keep­ing ac­tive and en­gaged and con­tin­u­ing to en­joy their hob­bies.

“Older peo­ple can teach us a lot - not just about how to age well but also by pass­ing on their skills.”

Around two-thirds of those over 70 claim to be hap­pier than they have ever been, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey.

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