Retirees as happy and healthy as 30 year olds
Reaching retirement age makes people feel happier and healthier than at any point since their mid-30s, a study suggests.
Figures released by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) as part of David Cameron's plan to measure the country's "happiness", show that people in their late-60s feel like they are back in their prime, with similar levels of satisfaction with their own health to those in people 30 years younger.
At the same time, the incidence of anxiety and depression drops by almost one-third between people's early 50s and late-60s.
The figures suggest that those in their late-60s are more care-free than any other age group including young people.
The report, published by the ONS as part of its ongoing "well-being" programme, shows that people's sense of health and well-being are on a "downward trend" from their teens until late middle-age before receiving a sudden bounce in their 60s.
Retirement experts said that, for some, the simple relief of finally retiring made people feel happier.
Dr Ros Altman, a pensions expert and former government policy adviser on ageing, said that for those reaching retirement, the realisation that they wre still in good health, often, unlike their parents' generation, could be "life enhancing".
"The social narrative is that you reach retirement and you are decrepit or infirm, but now most people find that that isn't the case," she said.
"In terms of health, there will be a strand where people would have expected that they would not have good health in their 60s and are pleasantly surprised to find that they do." (© Daily Telegraph, London)