Published On: Wed, Feb 9th, 2022

Who are you calling old? You can only call me that when I hit 76


Research into life after 60 has found many don’t believe they will be old until well into their 70s. And more than a third say it’s over 80.

That is borne out by how they spend their time – 28 percent exercise at least three times a week, 10 percent play competitive sport and seven percent hit the gym or use home equipment. One percent even enjoy adrenaline sports such as kitesurfing, skydiving or downhill mountain biking.

Forty percent say 60 is the new 40 and one in 10 believes they have more energy than their children.

That applies to the world of work too. One in 12 thinks they could be a police officer, while three percent fancy being a firefighter.

And James Bond should look over his shoulder, as one in eight believes they have what it takes to be a spy or intelligence officer.

Others say they could be a private investigator or commercial pilot and 12 percent of men fancy themselves as a football manager.

The study by Treasure Trails, which provides problem-solving adventures, says the average Briton aged 60 or over feels 12 years and five months younger than their age.

Twenty-two percent claim to feel 20 years younger and 46 percent think they are more active and able than their parents at the same age.

More than one in five say playing with grandchildren helps keep them young and 11 percent confound stereotypes by gaming on smartphones, consoles or tablets.

Two-thirds say solving puzzles is the key to keeping their minds on tip-top form.

GCHQ historian and security services expert Dr David Abrutat said: “Since spycraft began there have always been codes and ciphers to break. It’s so great to see grandparents are still solving puzzles.

“Perhaps the British intelligence services could see some new recruits in their 70s.”

Treasure Trails general manager Aaron Hutchens said: “It’s clear that today’s grandparents feel younger than ever before.”



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