After a recent survey of 623 retired people, a spokesman for the Skipton Building Society, with more Yorkshire grit than silky P.R. talk, said “years ago the general perception was that once you had given up work and entered retirement, you had pretty much had it”.
The good news is that the survey feedback was much more positive ————– here are some of the findings about people in retirement:-
- 50% exercise more than in their twenties; hiking, swimming, cycling;
- 50% are doing things they didn’t have time for in the past;
- 29% travelled more, taking on average three holidays a year;
- 76% stay as active as possible;
- 40% are “reliving their youth” with former hobbies;
- 10% had gone back to school to evening classes or higher education;
- 11% planned to learn a foreign language;
On average retired people had four very close friends and spend two days and one evening socialising over dinner, in the pub or at coffee mornings.
80% of people are treating retirement as a new beginning.