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  • Later life isn’t defined by early bird dinners and bingo halls
  • Later life isn’t defined by early bird dinners and bingo halls
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Same old, same old! The science of habitual buying

Britain is getting older; the population of over-85s is set to increase 18% between 2015 and 2020. But it’s incorrect to pigeonhole seniors as inactive and content with a weekly game of bingo. From online dating to exercising to travelling, how are hobbies helping seniors feel young again?

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“With age comes happiness,” says Yang Yang, a sociologist at the University of Chicago. “Life gets better in one's perception as one ages.” [1] This is undoubtedly good news for Britain’s ageing populace, with the number of over-65s expected to rise by 12% between 2015 and 2020, while the population of over-85s and centenarians will increase by 18% and 40% respectively. [2]

While stereotypes about seniors often suggest they’re inactive and house-bound or content with a weekly game of bingo, these depictions are far too simplistic – and incorrect; the leisure activities of the ...

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