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Wish-list ambitions of over-65s


The top ambition for over-65s is to travel the world

The top ambition for over-65s is to travel the world

The top ambition for over-65s is to travel the world

People over 65 will not settle for a quiet retirement but intend to tick off an ambitious wish list before they die, according to a new survey.

Travelling the world, writing a novel and learning a language are among the retired population's top 10 most favoured bucket list items.

Two thousands people aged 65 and over were asked to rate a wish list of 40 possible achievements in a poll carried out by YouGov, on behalf of Centra, which supports people living independently.

As well as taking on new adventures like learning to fly and enjoying a cruise, the respondents also highly rated some aspirations beyond their control including becoming grandparents, seeing their family settled and living to 100.

Wendy Darling, managing director of Centra Pulse, said: "It shows that most will not be thinking of giving up their independence any time soon as they think about embarking on world trips and take up new hobbies.

"That's why we're urging older people not to forget about the support out there which will help them hold on to their independence for longer both inside and outside of the home."

The results reveal a particular lust for travel among over-65s, with 30% of those surveyed citing it as a top goal.

Australia was listed as the most popular destination, followed by America, New Zealand, Canada and China.

The top 10 most highly rated items on the wish list were:

1. Travel the world

2. See my family settled

3. Live to 100

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4. Write a best-selling novel

5. Win the lottery

6. Buy a house

7. Learn a language

8. Be financially secure

9. Become a grandparent

10. See my favourite sport team play one more time

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