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Sixty is the new twenty? Pensioners are partying harder than their grandchildren

Published 29/06/2015 | 12:08

New research has shown that 69pc of pensioners enjoy a drink and enjoy a ‘session’ three to four times a week
New research has shown that 69pc of pensioners enjoy a drink and enjoy a ‘session’ three to four times a week

OAPs may have four decades on Irish twenty-somethings but new research has revealed that they are partying harder than their younger counterparts.

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New research has shown that 69pc of pensioners enjoy a drink and enjoy a ‘session’ three to four times a week, while twenty-somethings manage an average of two.

The older population is also said to exercise more than the younger generation with 17pc exercising daily compared to 12pc of youngsters.

Older people are also more social beings and have an average of 10 close friends compared to twenty-somethings who count just six people as their ‘besties’.

Pensioners also made it their business to catch up with friends, as 89pc revealed that they make plans with their pals at least once a month and eat out at least twice a week.

Surprisingly, one in eight pensioners have admitted to dabbling in online dating, while planning holidays and travelling were counted as the favourite hobbies of the older generation.

Meanwhile, just 54pc of older people feel financially secure and comfortable with their situation during retirement.

Jane Hutchinson of Standard Life, who conducted the research, said: “The recent pension freedoms have opened up new possibilities in retirement, allowing more of today’s recent retirees to enjoy the sixty-something socialite lifestyle,” she said.

“But to get the most freedom and enjoyment it is crucial to consider finances and plan ahead.”

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