Ageing can be a subjective topic. One study from Ireland found that attitudes to ageing can even have a direct impact on our health. With this in mind, Freedom Aged Care decided to carry out a survey among Australians, hoping to learn a little more about our population’s outlook on different aspects of the ageing process.
Who did we ask?
We put several questions about ageing to a variety of Australians across a range of demographics. In some areas we found a number of correlating similarities and differences between certain age groups. To deliver that information clearly, we classified them into six different generational groups; including, the Post-War Cohorts (80-100yrs), 1st Gen Boomers (70-79yrs), 2nd Gen Boomers (50-69yrs), X (33-49yrs), Y or more commonly referred to as Millennials (23-32yrs) and Z (18-22yrs).
What did they say?
Age is just a number
Interestingly, each generation defined “old age” as a different number. We found that as the age of participants inclined, so did their perception of “old age”. Proving concepts of “young” and “old” are not concrete, so we have no excuse not to live every day to the fullest.
Smile, wrinkles are no big deal
A win for those of us who are a little self-conscious about our crow’s feet, ‘wrinkles’ scored the lowest at 34% for signs we’re getting old. While ‘more aches and pains’ scored the highest, this is fortunately something we can help to alleviate by exercising regularly.
Keep your mind fit and your body smart
Understandably, most Australians surveyed were primarily concerned with losing control of their cognitive functioning and mental capacity. Our minds are like machines that need regular maintenance, so take the simple steps to stay informed on mental fitness and help keep your mind active with brain training exercises. Ranking second was physical mobility, again we recommend regular exercises and stretches when possible to help keep you mobile.
Generation Y scored the highest for life satisfaction at 64%, overtaking their older counterparts. For answers as to why the millennials scored higher, we looked at the responses to life lessons. We found that the overriding lesson Australians wished they could impart to their younger selves was to accept themselves for who they are from a younger age. Freedom encourages residents to express their individuality; welcoming seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and supports community members who may identify as part of the LGBTI community.
We at Freedom Aged Care are an open community, committed to supporting and celebrating the diversity and individual needs of our members. We strive to ensure our residents enjoy life free of worry, feeling empowered to make the most of each and every day during their golden years.