Australians seniors are ageing disgracefully, and it’s a good thing
Seniors About Seniors thought you’d enjoy this commentary Shay posted on the attitudes and lifestyle of today’s Australian seniors. Read on.
From spending the kids’ inheritance on holidays, to defying social norms and embracing social media, Australian seniors are ageing disgracefully, and it’s a good thing.
When asked about their philosophy about getting older, a recent study revealed that three in four (73.9%) seniors want to age gracefully as opposed to ageing disgracefully (22.5%). Close to seven in 10 (68.9%) also prefer being respected as an older person rather being treated the same as any younger person (20.7%).
But here’s the thing – the gap slightly narrows on caring about what other people actually think, with close to three in five (58.7%) saying they don’t want to care about what others think, while more than a third (34.9%) want to maintain their reputation.
The truth is, there’s a changing attitude towards growing older. These days seniors are joining hip-hop crews, talking more openly about sex, and finding new ways to keep the twinkles in the wrinkles. So should seniors be ageing disgracefully? There is some very convincing evidence they should be.
Seniors are jet setting across the world
It’s not just millennials subscribing to the ‘you only live once’ (YOLO) mantra. In fact, one in five seniors openly admit to spending their kids’ inheritance to fund their travels. What we’re seeing is a new breed of grey nomad, keener than ever to crack open the bank, dust off the travel bags, and head off on an adventure. And to be honest – why not?
To give you more of an idea of how seniors are approaching travel, here’s a rundown of the stats:
- 3 in 4 go on at least one trip a year
- 2 in 5 travel more than once a year
- 2 in 5 actively seek go on holidays that are unique or out of the ordinary
- Seniors spend nearly double the amount of money on holidays than millennials do
With seniors feeling healthier and more confident every year, they’re also shunning traditional ‘senior package’ tours in favour of planning the trips themselves and seeking more cultural experiences.
Seniors don’t care about ‘behaving like an old person’
Social media is something you don’t usually link with older people. But studies have shown that more and more seniors are debunking the stereotype and jumping online. If they have an understanding of how social media works, as well as the benefits of staying in touch with family and friends, they are more likely to enjoy the thrills of the Internet – well into their 80s and 90s.
Another study has shown that Australian seniors aren’t red hot on political correctness, with 85% finding millennial social etiquette confusing, 88% believing people in Australia to be too politically correct, and 86% thinking that this will ruin society. Of course, that’s not to say Aussie seniors don’t show respect – it’s just that they believe it’s important to stay true to one’s self and not care about what others think.
Seniors probably have better sex lives that some millennials
It’s safe to say, society doesn’t like associating sex with old age. Sex is meant to be wrinkle-free, perky, and vigorous. But this is just an ageist stereotype, and couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that people continue to explore their sexuality well into old age – wrinkles and all.
For many seniors, sex in old age can actually be a richer and better experience. And sure, the physicality of the experience changes as you get older, but it can also become one that focuses more on valuing human connection and whole body intimacy. This is good news for many of us, because it shows that age isn’t a barrier, and getting old doesn’t cross out getting it on!