Happiness Varies with Age According to New Research 05 February 2016
Recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) research suggests those within the 65 to 79 age group are the happiest adults across the UK.
ONS surveyed more than 300,000 people and concluded that people falling within this age group felt happiness, satisfaction and that life was worthwhile. Once they hit 80, though, things weren’t so rosy. And woe betide anyone aged between 45 and 59.
“This research is interesting because those in the least happy age group fall neatly into the ‘working whilst juggling the care of elderly relatives’ bracket,” says Rob Dolbear, Managing Director of eldercare specialist time4care.
“This particular group reported the highest levels of anxiety, according to the ONS research - and that’s not surprising at all. They make up our newly labelled ‘sandwich generation’ - those with the challenge of looking after both children and parents at the same time.
“The pressures of trying to maintain a healthy work/life balance at this age are immense - and surely a factor in this latest evaluation of wellbeing and happiness.
“Those in the younger bracket may have the pressures of work and paying for a home to worry about - but they have more spare time. And that counts for a lot.
“Likewise, the older generation, the over 65s, generally only have themselves to worry about. And, so long as they are reasonably healthy, they can enjoy am independent and happy retirement, filled with new experiences and lots of rest and relaxation.
“Once they hit 80, staying fit and healthy - and avoiding loneliness - is more of a luxury. And that’s when they tend to call on the younger generation to help them with their day-to-day existence.
“The UK’s population is ageing. The number falling into the over 80s bracket is set to increase. And that means more people of working age, with the added challenge of caring for their elderly loved one or loved ones.
“Employers will increasingly face a larger percentage of workers with half a mind on what’s happening at home. And that means adjusting wellbeing policies to match.”
Eldercare services, like time4care, are proving popular among companies seeking comprehensive assistance packages to offer employees in need of guidance and support.
They provide access to independent specialists dedicated to helping people decide on the right care for relatives who may no longer be able to cope independently at home.
“Through businesses, we offer liaison officers to oversee the entire process of deciding on the appropriate level of care,” adds Rob.
“Our service also gives employees access to qualified financial advisors, specialising in care fees planning and the financial affairs of older people. And solicitors for the elderly are also part of our offering too - standing by to ensure all legal safeguards are met.
“All of this takes the pressure off both employer and worker - leaving both able to concentrate on business issues.
“As the UK population continues to age, I expect more businesses to plan for the future by offering much-needed support to this increasingly unhappy group of workers with more than just a productive day at work to worry about.”