Elderly’s love for adventure

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THE region’s over-60s are after thrill-seeking adventures, research reveals.

Walking the Great Wall of China, trekking Everest basecamp and motorcycling across America are just a few of the suggestions topping the want- to-do list of the over-60s in the North East.

The survey, carried out by McCarthy and Stone, showed 83 per cent of those surveyed thought it was important to have a wish list in retirement.

A total of 48 per cent said they believe 60 to 64 years old is the ideal age to retire.

The majority agreed that when they are not off thrill-seeking, the things they look forward to the most in later life is spending time in the garden, visiting family and going on holiday.

And, when it comes to rating their peers, 79 per cent of the over-60s in the North East deemed Dame Judi Dench and 69 per cent Michael Palin the best examples of those striving to make a greater life out of later life.

Steve Secker, regional managing director for McCarthy and Stone, comments: “Our survey reveals that whether it’s learning a new language, playing the ukulele or starting a new business, you’re never too old to try something new and explore new territory.

“It’s great to hear so many people over 60 in the North East are planning to do just that.”