London - Forget being “50 and fabulous”... life now apparently starts at 61.
People in their 50s are more likely to be stressed and unhappy – as many are juggling work with caring for children and ageing parents, a report found. Turning 61 means they are more likely to feel happy as that burden of responsibility eases.
A survey of 1 100 over-50s found 15 percent were unhappy, compared with just five percent of over-61s and one percent of over-70s.
The “sandwich generation” 50-somethings who hold down a job while looking after children and elderly relatives were twice as likely to be “stressed” as the over-60s, where four out of five declared themselves “happy”.
The report by Co-operative Funeralcare found that happiness came from achieving life goals such as travelling, seeing their children grow up, owning a home and having a successful career.