Ageing perceptions of 60+ in Belgium: survey report

survey, initiated by the King Baudouin Foundation, was carried out among 2000 Belgians aged 60 to 85 on their perceptions of ageing, their expectations and concerns. It reveals that a majority (68%) of the respondents take a positive - or even very positive - look at old age that they associate with a quiet life, characterized by maturity and more time for themselves, their friends, relatives and grandchildren, while one older person out of three percieved old age negatively (28%), ou even very negatively (4%). But the positive feeling can change rapidly, in particular when the social network shrinks as one ages and when health declines. The age of 75 seems to mark a tunring point in that respect.

Read more (in French) on the result of the survey here 

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