‘Wisdom’, ‘becoming more carefree’ and ‘having grandchildren’ considered some of the best things about becoming older according to over 50s

14 April 2021

Research reveals that wisdom, becoming more carefree and having grandchildren are considered some of the best aspects of ageing.

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The same research also suggests that retirement and increased financial security are also major benefits of getting older.

We asked 1,000 UK residents aged 50 and above what they consider to be the best thing about getting older. Nearly half of respondents (527 people) gave a descriptive answer, indicating a number of varied opinions on the subject.

‘Having more free time’ was another common response, with some people revealing that being able to speak your mind and increased wisdom were key benefits. Similarly, many gave answers relating to improved self-confidence and appreciating life more, with one respondent saying ‘It is definitely a time to do things if you have the money to’.

For others, becoming more carefree after retirement was considered to be the best thing about getting older. Several respondents specifically mentioned having grandchildren and seeing their own children grow up, as well as retirement from work. Some responses were genuinely moving and a number of respondents gave humorous answers to the question. For two respondents, ‘not having to apologise’ and ‘sarcasm’ were the best aspects of getting older.

While the majority of answers were extremely encouraging, some were not so positive about the realities of ageing, with just over 10% saying there was nothing good about it! One respondent commented that they have ‘fewer years left to live without loved ones they’ve lost’.

Emma Simpson, Marketing Manager said: “It’s fascinating to see these responses and find out what people really think about getting older. It’s a shame that some people feel there are no benefits to ageing, but also heart-warming to discover that most people experience positives, in terms of having the freedom to spend your time as you please and gaining real self-confidence.

“As we read through these responses, it’s clear that people do not lose their sense of humour as they get older. As a funeral plan provider, it’s interesting that we continue to see life choices, values and hobbies reflected in pre-paid funeral arrangements as the range of bespoke options increases.”

Source: OnePoll research of 1,000 UK residents aged 50 and above (527 responses) on behalf of Ecclesiastical Planning Services, December 2020.