The United Kingdom boasts of a population of over 64 million, with over 20 million people are aged 50 and above, almost a third of the total inhabitants. The sovereign state shows such a large number of elderly members and predictions of them living longer arise. How then does it feel to be a senior citizen in the UK?
The government recognizes the increasing life span of residents and is working hard to give as much opportunities for them.
Even with a State Pension age, working longer is encouraged as it benefits not only individuals but also businesses, the society and the economy in general. Seniors sometimes do not have any choice and they are forced to stop working because of their oldness. Nevertheless, it is now widely promoted that they stay employed as long as they can and want. Because in the long run, it will help them in supporting themselves financially, physically and emotionally when the time comes that they are not fit to work anymore (due to old age and/or illness perhaps). With more active elders, the government will be able to afford more pensions and in turn, when the old folks finally retire, they will surely receive a hefty pension purse. Indeed, the removal of the default retirement age rule was a wise decision.
With technological advancements, the government also does not want the older generation to be left behind. Programmes such as teaching them how to use the computer and the Internet have been all over the place. Yes, the oldies are now also going digital.
A celebration focused on the elderly is practiced on October 1 each year as well. It is the UK Older People’s Day and it corresponds with the UN International Day of Older Persons. On that day, the achievements and contributions of the old are commemorated. Moreover, this becomes an occasion for them to meet others, have fun and to continue being active despite their age.
Investments for them have continually been done too, like for housing, where information and advice services are provided free. Special accommodations and neighborhoods are even put together to cater to the rising needs of the old. Hospitals and facilities offer amenities that give utmost assistance to the seniors as well. In addition, great elderly care services are put forward to maintain their good and comfortable living conditions, particularly those who choose to stay at their own homes.
Aside from physical states, the government wants to preserve the energy and vigor of the aged citizens as programmes and events are funded to help in encouraging them. Loneliness and social isolation are common and frequent occurrences and movements are started to chase and drive away such feelings.
In the United Kingdom, it is certainly evident that extreme importance is given to the elderly. There, you will no doubt age well so long as you avail these advantages. The overall progress is still underway but at least, it is set in motion and there is ambition to succeed.