A quarter of millennials believe it’s normal to be depressed and unhappy when you reach old age, a poll conducted by the Royal Society of Public Health in collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has found out.
The researchers looked at attitudes around ageing within 12 areas of society and discovered that adults aged 18-34 had by far the most negative attitude towards getting older. Of the 2,000 participants asked, 30% said they believe "being lonely is just something that happens when people get old”. The charity have made a number of recommendations to help tackle the concerning statistics, including government policy changes, and the banning of the use of the word ‘anti-ageing’ in the beauty industry.
Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, said “With more people reaching older age than ever before, it is crucial to act now to promote positive integration across the generations.”
You can read the whole report here: https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-work/policy/older-people/that-age-old-question.html
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