The shift to ‘pre-re­tire­ment’ - where peo­ple grad­u­ally scale back on work or change jobs al­to­gether rather than stop­ping work en­tirely - has be­come the new re­tire­ment re­al­ity, ac­cord­ing to Pru­den­tial’s lat­est re­search.

In the UK, the most widely held as­pi­ra­tions are trav­el­ling ( 55%), fol­lowed by spend­ing time with friends and fam­ily ( 52%) and pur­su­ing new hob­bies (41%), ac­cord­ing to a global study from Ae­gon.

More than 80% of grand­moth­ers in Eng­land pro­vide child­care to a grand­child un­der 16.

More sin­gle women are opt­ing to rent in re­tire­ment be­cause of the com­pan­ion­ship, fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits and se­cu­rity it can of­fer, ac­cord­ing to re­search.

Nor­wich has been ranked 13th in a list of Best Places to Re­tire Within the UK, based on av­er­age house prices, crime rates, av­er­age cost of re­tire­ment homes, ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able and the num­ber of churches, parks, cafes and pubs. And Nor­folk has come fifth in the league of most at­trac­tive coun­ties for pen­sion­ers in the Qual­ity of Re­tire­ment In­dex, which in­cludes the weather and ac­cess of health­care in its cri­te­ria.

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