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What does it take to keep
us happy as we age?


Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)
is dedicated to supporting older people

Royal voluntary service



We're all living in an increasingly ageing population. More than 10 million people in the UK are currently aged over 65 and that number is predicted to nearly double over the next 30 years. We can all expect to live longer on average, but what are some of the key factors in staying healthy as we become older and wiser? Here are three top tips.


1. Plan for the future

With rising numbers of people living for longer, it's important to plan for your financial future. It's never too early to do this - not only will this stand you in good stead in a few years' time but it will also give you peace of mind.


Taking out a private pension is of course a popular saving option. Private pension plans are generally considered to be one of the most effective ways to save for retirement as certain tax benefits will apply. Life insurance can also help provide for your partner or family members if the worst should happen, which can be a comforting factor.


2. Stay healthy


No one can guarantee staying healthy long-term but there are steps that all of us can take towards a healthier lifestyle. Eating healthily is important, so make sure you get those five a day. Cut down on alcohol consumption and, if you're a smoker, quitting can be the single most important step you can take to health and subsequent longevity.


Staying active will also help your overall health. You don't have to train to take part in the next marathon (although many older people do) but almost everyone is capable of taking some form of regular exercise. This could involve swimming, walking or taking a yoga or exercise class. Choosing just one of these can keep you and your social life active, as exercise classes are a great way to meet people and make lasting friendships. Physical activity helps to ramp up production of the brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, or endorphins, so exercise can also boost your mood.


3. Stay stimulated


Many older people are choosing to stay in the workforce for longer, while many choose to direct their passions and energy into a lifelong hobby or voluntary work. Giving something back into society can be extremely satisfying, especially when you have the time to do it.


Growing older can be difficult for a number of reasons and the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) is dedicated to supporting older people all over the country, helping them to stay independent at home and active in their community. As this infographic shows, the RVS can provide assistance in a number of different ways. Volunteers make 165,000 visits a year, delivering practical advice in the home. They also deliver thousands of books, millions of hot meals and run various community activities including keep fit classes, walks and trips to the cafe or pub.



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