German elderly feel ten years younger and wish to maintain lifelong independence, according to new Generali Old-Age Survey

In Germany, older adults between 65 and 85 feel an average ten years younger as a result of maintaining social and active lifestyles. Studies show people in this age bracket are generally much happier and healthier than the same age bracket was twenty years ago. This generation brings a new sense of independence, and seniors are finding more and more ways to stay involved. “Preserving health and autonomy is the key issue – people want to maintain their health in order to stay independent,” says one doctor. One poll in the first edition of the Generali Old-Age Survey found that almost fifty percent of older adults regularly engaged in social activities.