Survey: most expect good health when old

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A MORI survey has shown that millions of British people have unrealistic expectations of a healthy old age. The survey commissioned by the recently merged charities Help the Aged and Research into Ageing shows that 68% of people expect to be fit and healthy in old age. However, the reality is that at least two-thirds of people over the age of 75 have a long standing illness and that 50% of the population over the age of 75 say their illness limits them from leading a full and active life. And although people are living for longer, health trends predict that people born in Britain today will experience longer periods of ill health than any other generation. Help the Aged director general Michael Lake said that, while many people wanted to enjoy a full and active retirement, many would have a debilitating illness in old age, and that poorer health meant financial hardship and isolation for many older people. “The importance of medical research in this area grows ever more pressing to improve our chances of a he

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