Study reveals the truth about being 80

09 July 2015 09:39

People living into their 80s are still enjoying holidays

People living into their 80s are still enjoying holidays

More Britons are living beyond 80, according to a newly published fact-pack.

An extra 367,000 people will join this age group in 2015, it is believed.

The International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) pack aims to show the truth about living into your 80s in modern-day Britain.

Its founder and chief executive, Sally Greengross, has special reason to take note of its findings. Baroness Greengross turned 80 herself last week.

Never too old for a holiday

Whatever your age, few things take off the years like a holiday abroad.

Over-80s can leave any stresses behind them if they take out trusted older people's travel insurance.

Stat attack

ILC-UK's fact-pack offers 80 facts concerning life as an octogenarian.

These include:

- by 2011 the world's over-80 population had spiralled to as much as 110 million over six decades, from the 15 million in 1950. This number is likely to hit 400 million by the middle of this century.

- Britain boasts more than 16,000 working octogenarians.

- about one in six (16%) 80 to 84 year-olds will already have suffered at least one heart attack.

- nearly half of female (49%) and nearly four in 10 (38%) male octogenarians regularly suffer from physical pain.

- over half of this age group suffer restrictive long-standing ailments.

- more than a tenth of the 80 to 84 population reported dementia of some type.

- men (55%) from this demographic are well over twice as likely to be either married or in civil partnerships as women (21%).

Famous new octogenarians

Baroness Greengross is not the only person celebrating the big 8-0 this year.

She is joined by:

- Woody Allen: comedian, director, actor and writer

- Norman Foster: world-famous architect whose works include the Gherkin

- The Dalai Lama: Buddhist spiritual leader

- Julie Andrews: star of The Sound of Music

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