|The new 'old' do not fit the negative stereotype image of seniors who are frail, senile and decrepit. Definitely time for new labels for the new 'old'.|
(Thanks, Missy Joe, for pointing Seniorsaloud to this article from canada.com in response to our earlier blog post "Time for New Labels for the 'New' Old" of 23 March)
Seniors are the happiest demographic in Canada, according to a survey released Monday, with people 66 and older outshining all other age groups in terms of overall contentedness, optimism about aging, the sense that “age is just a number,” and the belief that you should never stop living life to the fullest.
Despite this positive outlook, however, the study finds seniors continue to battle unflattering stereotypes about loss of independence, reduced mobility, diminished mental capacity and inability to keep physically active. In fact, nine in 10 Canadians associate aging with something bad.
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Like Canadians, seniors in the United States are generally happy with their lives as the survey below shows. Read the full article in US Today.
What about here in Singapore? Are seniors here happy? If this government report is anything to go by, the answer is Yes! The government continues to promote programs that ensure future generations of older Singaporeans enjoy an active, healthy and productive lifestyle as they age. That makes for happy seniors anywhere in the world.