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Added on: 2nd October, 2017 by Heather_35243


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Mon, 2 October 2017

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Retirees from across Bedfordshire have been involved in a national research study aimed at busting myths and negative perceptions of growing older

The study by leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, which has developments in Biggleswade and Bedford reveals sitting exams, enduring the daily commute and the stress of running a family, are among some of the things the older generation in North London DO NOT miss about being younger.

Worrying about your weight, being woken up by the sound of a shrill alarm clock, and the constant juggle of childcare and work were also on the list of things Bedfordshire retirees are glad to have left behind.

Researchers polled 1,500 adults aged 60 and over and discovered exactly what Bedfordshire retirees are happy to have seen the back of, including ironing school uniforms on a Sunday night, trying to get on the property ladder, and hosting the family Christmas.

As was spending your weekend doing DIY and the big weekly food shops.
Of those polled in North London, 86 percent said they are happier now than they have ever been.

More than 50 percent said their relationship with their spouse was at its best now Ė with 52 percent saying it was due to not having the stress of work and running a family home.

But 65 percent simply put it down to having more time together, the poll by McCarthy & Stone whose regional headquarters is in Hatfield, revealed.
Nearly 74 percent of those aged 60 and over in Bedfordshire polled said they were happy with what they had achieved in life with marriage, children, owning a home and travelling the world among the biggest accomplishments.

Stephen Rolt, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone North London, said: ďMany of the things the older generation donít miss involve work Ė and that comes as no surprise. We are all looking forward to the day we donít have to endure the commute to the office and deal with the stresses that our jobs place on us.

ďBut it is interesting to see the stress of running a family home and the struggle to get on the property ladder also both made the list of things older people in Bedfordshire DONíT miss about being young. For many, getting older means downsizing and thatís a welcome move.Ē
Of the Bedfordshire retirees polled, 25 percent have already downsized with almost 90 percent claiming it has made life much easier.

A quarter of the 1,500 people asked, went as far to say itís the best thing they ever did and they wish they had done it sooner.

Other plus points of selling-up the family home for a smaller property included cheaper utility bills, less DIY and maintenance and not being put upon to host all the big family parties.
Freeing up equity in the home and having a better social life were also listed as benefits of downsizing according to the over 60s.

The poll found that nationally, 67 was the perfect age to downsize; but of those who havenít, four in ten said they canít face the upheaval of a move. And 15 percent said their current property has many emotional ties.

Stephen Rolt, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone North London, added: ďDeciding on when to downsize takes a lot of consideration. Itís a big step, but once the decision has been made many retirees have a whole new lease of life.

ďWe continually receive feedback from homeowners across Bedfordshire who have made the move to McCarthy and Stone, on how it has helped them to lead an independent and activity lifestyle. They have no worries about safety and security and all the benefits of being in a community of like-minded individuals Ė no wonder they are enjoying all the freedom our later years can bring!Ē

McCarthy and Stone currently have three developments offering high-quality, low maintenance one and two bedroom apartments, for sale or under construction in Bedfordshire. These include some fantastic, central locations with access to a range of local amenities such as Baulk Wood, Howard Park and Gardens and Danish Camp.

All McCarthy and Stone developments are carefully designed to offer homeowners the very best in independent living within a safe and secure environment; with the opportunity to benefit from companionship when desired, as well as privacy when needed.
For more information about McCarthy and Stone and Retirement Living Bedfordshire, please call 0800 201 4811 or visit

Being at work five days a week
Having to get up to an alarm clock
Having to be up and out the house at a certain time
Revising for and sitting exams
Enduring the daily commute to work
Financial worries
Having to dress suitably for work everyday
Having to spend your working week with people you donít like
Having a boss who breathes down your neck
Getting children up and ready for school
Juggling work and family commitments
Waiting for pay day
Tidying up after the children all day long
Worrying about what other people think
Having awkward first dates
Never having a lie-in
Ironing school uniforms on a Sunday night
Not being confident in myself
Packing everything but the kitchen sink for family holidays
Struggling to get on the property ladder
Juggling afterschool activities and parents evening etc
The stress of running a family home
Worrying so much about my looks
Worrying so much about what the scales say
Cooking large family meals every night
Competitiveness amongst friends
Having to do DIY at the weekends
Cooking several different meals for the family every night
Doing a big weekly food shop
Having to host the family Christmas
Having to socialise with other parents
Spending all day staring at a screen
Being called out as an emergency breakdown service when kids breakdown

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