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Source : Richard Brooks
Published on 12 December 2012 12:01 AM
A new online poll for Age UK reveals that 62% of people aged 65 and over believe it's important to have a romantic partner as they grow older, with 1 in 8 (12%) actively seeking a new relationship.
But as well as an eye for romance, the survey shows the importance of enduring friendship. More than half (54%) of those polled say they have a best friend, with two thirds (66%) of these having been best friends for more than 20 years – bringing a literal meaning to the phrase ‘friends forever’. 83% of the people surveyed thought friendship becomes more important in later life
These results highlight the value of companionship – romantic or platonic – in later life. The top reasons those aged 65 and over surveyed gave for wanting to find love were:
Despite a longing to build new relationships, over a third of those surveyed (35%) thought they were too old to join the dating game again, worrying about rejection and what other people will think. For nearly a quarter (23%), it was their children's reactions they were particularly concerned about.
Similarly, nearly half of those surveyed (48%) find it more difficult to make friends as the years pass.
The role of friends and family is vital in helping older people to find love and companionship in later years, with nearly half (48%) relying on those who know them best to set them up. The findings also showed that a brave minority of over-65s (17%) would try dating websites.
Relationship expert Donna Dawson commented: 'The need to love and be loved, whether by a friend or a partner, does not change as we grow older. What can change, however, is our attitude to ourselves and how we feel we ought to act.
'We need to remember we are the same person we always were, with our own needs and wants and it’s important we embrace opportunities such as taking up new hobbies or meeting others, in order to keep us stimulated and healthy, and to maintain our emotional wellbeing.'
The poll has been commissioned to coincide with Age UK’s Spread the Warmth campaign, which aims to keep older people across the country warm and well in winter, preventing isolation and helping people in later life to meet new people and try new activities.
Commenting on the survey, Lucy Harmer, Head of Information and Advice at Age UK, said: 'Whatever life stage we’re at, how we spend our free time and who we spend it with can have a huge impact on happiness and wellbeing.
'We know there’s an appetite for making new friends and expanding social networks. A big part of Age UK’s Spread the Warmth campaign is bringing people together to tackle loneliness and isolation in later life by meeting new people with shared interests.
'Whether it’s cookery classes, Nordic walking, gardening or learning to get online, Age UK’s advice line and website offer information to help people keep fit and healthy and make the most of that all-important leisure time.'
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Michelle has responsibility for a broad range of Age UK’s domestic charitable work, including external affairs, research and Age UK’s charitable service delivery and development.
Michelle was previously Communications Director for Age Concern England and Chair of the Fawcett Society (2005-2008).
Michelle has a BA in Economics, MA in Politics and Administration, an International Executive Diploma from INSEAD and has completed the Innovations in Government Programme at Harvard University JFK School.
Caroline Abrahams is Age UK’s Charity Director, and has worked predominantly on children and family issues throughout her career.
She was Director of Policy and Strategy at the children’s charity Action for Children and Chair of the End Child Poverty campaign before joining the Local Government Association.
She then moved on to become Senior Policy Adviser in the Department for Children, Schools and Families and more recently she has been an adviser to the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls.
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In this capacity she undertook research such as reports for the National Consumer Council on equity release and on savings and investments for low-income consumers.
She was a member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel from 1999 to 2003, and from 1983 to 1993 she worked for Consumers’ Association.
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