Call for change to perception of later life

A recent survey by Age Scotland has found that 82% of the Scots surveyed would like society to change its view of later life and leave behind the negative stereotypes associated with growing older.

The research found that 77% of Scottish adults are looking forward to living longer. Around 74% said diet was the most important factor that would help them achieve this, followed by exercise (67%) and not smoking (52%).

However, there needs to be greater investment by policy makers to provide the services an aging population will need, says Age Scotland. Most importantly, there needs to be “sustained preventative spending” that will enable older people to stay in their own communities and have a high quality of life for as long as possible.

Almost 90% of respondents agreed that changes were necessary if more of us are to enjoy a better quality of later life. Around half said that hospitals and care homes need to treat older people with greater dignity, and just under half said older people should have enough money to live comfortably.

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