Over 60s rebel against stereotype with changing lifestyles
older generation is casting off the traditional image of a sedate
lifestyle snoozing in front of the fire for a more action packed way
of life, a study revealed.
A poll by Intune, the financial products and services provider set
up and owned by Help the Aged, found that 33% of over 60s surveyed
are more likely to be adrenaline junkies and go on activity holidays
such as skiing, diving, cycling, walking or golfing each year. 80%
of those interviewed also like to jet off to overseas destinations,
taking at least 2 foreign holidays each year and nearly 1 in 6 enjoy
more than 4 trips abroad.
Mature travellers even appear to be rebelling against stereotype in
their packing habits and are becoming increasingly tech-savvy.
older people may pack medication or a spare pair of glasses, many
now can’t leave home without their high-tech gadgets according to
the study. Figures revealed that 40% take their
mobile phone on holiday while some can’t be without their MP3 player
(5%) or laptop (2%) and specifically look for wireless internet (2%)
when choosing a destination.
Over 60s have increasingly eclectic tastes and are more likely to be
adventurous when it comes to their holiday food too, with many being
turned off by traditional English breakfasts and roast dinners. 33%
want a good selection of authentic local cuisine when choosing a
holiday destination compared to a minority (7%) who insist on having
British food when they go away.
68 year old broadcaster, writer and fitness guru
Diana Moran, well known as television’s The Green Goddess in the
80s, said:- “Intune’s poll dispels the myth that all older
people while away the hours in their home.
This is a generation that
wants to continue to rock and roll rather than sit in rocking
Over 60s are healthier, fitter and have more energy so it’s
not surprising that we choose more active holidays and travel more.
Many of us are reluctant to settle for a quiet life after reaching
retirement age. Becoming older brings many changes but it also
produces lots of opportunities to stay vital and happy.”
The Intune findings support the current trend for older people to be
more active. Last year, the government announced proposals for free
admission to public swimming pools in England for over 60s; a second
outdoor ‘playground’ for pensioners is planned in Eastbourne
following the opening of a similar scheme in Blackley, Greater
Manchester last January (2008)
and research shows that a 3rd of all people
taking a gap year are aged over 50.
Stuart Castledine, Managing Director of Intune, said:- “With
the over 60s now outnumbering children in Britain for the first time
ever, we need to recognise that this age group is an increasingly
important and influential body and their views on life are changing.
For many of the baby boomers born after 1946, 60 is the new 40 and
they now have the time and the money to travel and enjoy more active
companies make it more difficult for older people to go on holiday
by imposing an upper age limit on their travel insurance products.
policies that have no upper age limit and pre-existing conditions
may be covered.”
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Hard drive hijacking
disposing of their old computers could easily fall victim to
identity theft – even if they delete files or wipe the hard drive,
warns Which? Computing.
The computer magazine has been informed that criminals trawl council
tips and internet auction sites for PCs, and then recover deleted
data with the help of specialist software. This information could be
used to make a fraudulent credit card application, order a new
phone, or even apply for a copy of a birth certificate.
Which? Computing bought 8 2nd-hand hard drives from auction site
eBay and found that they still held information that could be
confidential. Using free software downloaded from the internet, the
computer magazine was easily able to recover 22,000 ‘deleted’ files,
including images, music files and spreadsheets.
The importance of disposing of data correctly is highlighted by the
case of Alexander Skipwith, a Which? Computing reader from London. He was told by Mesh Computers that his faulty hard drive would be
wiped of personal information before being sent back to the
manufacturer. He subsequently had family pictures, bank statements
and more ‘held to ransom’ by a man in Latvia, who sent one of
Alexander’s most personal photos to show he meant business.
Alexander finally agreed a £100 fee plus expenses for the return of
his information, but such data is worth more than that - it is
estimated that the average UK citizen is worth £85,000 to an
Which? Computing advises a non-technological solution to the
problem: if you want to be absolutely sure your files are deleted,
remove the hard drive from your PC and destroy it with a hammer!
Sarah Kidner, Editor, Which? Computing says:- “PCs contain
more valuable personal information than ever as people increasingly
shop online, use social networking sites and take digital photos. Even if you delete your files, you’d be surprised how easy it is to
recover your personal data. Such information could bring identity
thieves a hefty payday. It sounds extreme, but the only way to
be 100% safe is to smash your hard drive into smithereens.”
Consultant experiences his 'Extreme Dream' on the BBC next
Urologist Gurpreet Singh will be featured in the BBC 2 series
Extreme Dreams The Ultimate Challenge all next week, as he joined a
group of other unsung heroes who work in serving the community doing
charity and other work beyond their normal call of duty, in an
adventure of a lifetime. The group joined travel presenter and
adventurer Ben Fogle as they had the chance to realise their dreams
and conquer some of the world's most extreme environments. Embarking
on a voyage of personal discovery they were tested mentally,
physical and emotionally on this journey of a lifetime.
Gurpreet said:- "It was an astonishing time that really was an
experience of a lifetime. We really were put through it and it was
probably the most difficult few days of my life, but I learnt a lot
about myself and what I was capable of under extreme circumstances."
In talking to TV Quick Magazine, Ben Fogle said:- "There's a
doctor called Gurpreet on the Peruvian challenge and I think people
will be amazed he came. He's in his fifties, overweight and had
never been in a tough environment. He loves eating and drinking fine
wine and suddenly he found himself in the Peruvian jungle. I found
him incredibly inspiring. The whole point is that anyone can do a
challenge like that if they put their mind to it."
The adventure can be seen on BBC 2 at 6.30 from Monday, 19 January
2009 to Friday, 23 January 2009.