Rapid advances in technology have led to a change in people’s approach to aging, including the traditional view of retirement. According to a report on the positive aging of Colombian Pacific communities, senior citizens with a focus on positive aging now want to explore new career opportunities, realize their passions and engage in humanitarian activities .
Opened on 21 August on World Senior Citizens Day 2021, India’s first report on the elderly is based on interviews with more than 2,000 respondents over the age of 18 from five Indian cities – Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune. It provides a key insight into the changing trends, needs of older citizens and their perception of aging in the 21st century compared to young people.
Mohit Nirula, CEO of Colombian Pacific Communities, said: “Our idea of‘ positive aging ’is not prescribed – we do not define or impose our idea of‘ aging. ’We just want to understand the perception of different groups about the same thing, what it means, how it will shape their expectations and decisions and how we can best support them. “
According to the report, more than two in five respondents over the age of 60 said “life begins at age 60; there is no work, only free time, they are still the best years ”. In addition, almost 31 percent of participants believe that only after the age of 60 will they have enough time and wisdom to realize their ambitions.
The report also states that “people over the age of 60 currently make up 8% of India’s population. However, the adult population will double to almost 319 million by 2050. Therefore, more attention needs to be paid to considering existing infrastructure and services to support positive aging and better care for the elderly for an aging population. “
“Our goal is to create more peace for the elderly through services and programs where they are allowed to invest their time and energy in the things they choose instead of the ones they owe. To find out what really motivates the older generation, we commissioned this study, ”Nirula added.
According to the report, more than 25% of respondents over the age of 60 identify with their passions and interests, compared to 22% of millennials , 18% of Generation X and 23% of people aged 46 to 60. Interestingly, women outperform men in that they believe their identity stems from their passions and interests, with 30% of women surveyed agreeing with the same, compared to 23% of men surveyed. Only 19% of women identify with their careers, compared to 31% of men who feel that their careers shape their identity.
Technology plays an important role in ensuring an independent lifestyle, especially for those over 60 years of age. Many elders have registered on social media, allowing them to connect virtually. The report’s findings point out that the proportion of women over the age of 60 who spend more than four hours a day on social media is 36%, more than a millennium and men of generation Z (22 percent) and twice as many millennia and women of generation Z (15 percent).
The report also emphasizes attention to health as an important parameter. While health and well-being have always been an important part of Indian culture in the form of yoga and Ayurveda, attention to health is especially important for people over the age of 60, according to the report.
The study found that 71% of respondents over the age of 60 pay attention to their diet compared to only 58% of millennials and Generation Z. In addition, 85% of those between the ages of 46 and 60 and 79% of respondents aged 60 considers exercise to be important compared to only 69% of millennials and Generation Z.