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Not all siblings become caregivers

Siblings are not equally involved in caregiving when their ageing parents start needing care. In 75 percent of all cases, only one adult child will become a caregiver. Mothers are primarily cared for by their daughters, whereas sons continue to be less willing to become the sole caregivers for their parents.

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The ultimate retirement bucket list

Seeing the Northern Lights, buying a dog and travelling around the country by train are just some of the things on the average retiree’s bucket list. A survey of 2,000 people from the UK has revealed a top 50 list of all the ambitions people have for the years after they leave work.

Doing the things they wanted to for ages

As well as hiking around the world to nine different locations, some adults wish to spend their later years tending to an allotment while others want to track down long-lost relatives. Some die-hard romantics dream of revisiting their original honeymoon destination or renewing their wedding vows. But others are fed up with their existing relationships, and plan to have an affair with a younger man or woman when they get the chance.

The majority of people see retirement as an opportunity to fulfil all the dreams they’ve held for years and years, but haven’t had time to carry out.

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When’s the perfect age to retire?

When is the best time to retire? It’s never an easy decision as there are so many factors to take into consideration – finances, health, family, etc. Even when you do decide, there can sometimes be a nagging doubt that you might have been better off doing it differently.

UK’s Engage Mutual Assurance did a survey last year of 1,500 people (average age of respondents was 59) to find out the answer. Most people (93 percent) agreed that retirement should happen after the age of 50. The answer that most people gave as the perfect retirement age was 60. Said Engage Mutual, “This fits with the current retirement age for women, but is younger than that for men – and significantly out of step with Government plans to raise the retirement age to 67 by 2028.”

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Packaging in an ageing population

With a growing ageing population around the world, things like packaging need to be re-looked at to accommodate this change. Ageless Voice speaks Dr Liz Wilks, European Director, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), one of the largest pulp and paper companies around the world, to get her perspectives:

The Heinz Tomato Soup from the UK showcases the easy open ends/ring pulls which were introduced in 1999 and are ideal for a growing ageing population.

Can you share how a growing ageing population is affecting packaging?

Europe’s population is undoubtedly ageing, the EU’s latest projections show that the over 65s will make up nearly a third of Europe’s population by 2060, up from 17.5 percent in 2011, according to Eurostat. This is both a challenge and an opportunity for the packaging industry. We know that ease of opening is a growing issue, especially for the older generation.

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Men happier in retirement than women, more financially secure

It’s official – men are happier in their retirement than women. A new study of 678 retirees commissioned by Skipton Building Society in the UK explored all aspects of retirement and found that for men, the twilight years are amongst the best of their life.


Women worry in later years

According to the study, 48 percent of men thoroughly enjoy their retirement including getting their teeth into new hobbies and interests, and are happy to spend time chilling out at home, compared to 38 percent of women. The women are more likely to spend their later years worrying about their lack of income, and feeling frustrated at the need to watch every penny. They are also more likely to feel lonely in retirement, wishing they lived closer to their family. The survey showed 32 percent of women feel lonely, compared to a fifth of men who say the same – the average man is happy to socialise with his closest friends regularly.

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