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How Pensioners Plan To Spend Their Retirement: Top 40 Life ambitions For Over-65s?

Dame Judi Dench

Writing a best-selling novel, learning to fly, traveling the world, enjoying a cruise, learning a language, and plans to fall in love are among the retired population’s top-40 most favoured bucket list items, according to a new research.

A new thrill-seeking “bucket list” of items is compiled by YouGov, on behalf of Centra Pulse — more than 2,000 people aged 65 and over were asked to rate a wish list of 40 life ambitions, they want to do before they die.

Dame Judi Dench, the Oscar-winning actress, is among a handful of celebrities backing the campaign.  The 79-year-old actress, who suffers from macular degeneration – an age-related condition leading to loss of vision – disclosed that she tries to learn a new poem or word every day to keep her mind active.

Wendy Darling, managing director of Centra Pulse, said: “It shows that most will not be thinking of giving up their independence any time soon as they think about embarking on world trips and take up new hobbies.

“That’s why we’re urging older people not to forget about the support out there which will help them hold on to their independence for longer both inside and outside of the home.”

Here are the top-40 life ambitions for people over 65 – wish list:

1. Travel the world

2. See my family settled

3. Live to 100

4. Write a bestselling novel

5. Win the lottery

6. Buy a house

7. Learn a language

8. Be financially secure

9. Become a grandparent

10. See their favourite sports team play one more time

11. Provide for my family

12. Learn to fly

13. Buy a classic car

14. Learn to play a musical instrument

15. See the Northern Lights

16. Go on a world cruise

17. Lose weight

18. Take up charity work

19. Take part in a skydive or parachute jump

20. Get a hole in one

21. Create the ultimate garden

22. Go to university

23. Drive a racing car

24. Learn to swim

25. Climb a mountain

26. Fall in love

27. Go on a ride in a hot air balloon

28. Emigrate

29. Fly first class

30. Live by the sea

31. Meet a celebrity

32. Learn to paint

33. Fly a helicopter

34. Fly in a Spitfire or Lancaster

35. Go on a road trip across America

36. Renovate the house

37. Paint a masterpiece

38. Perform on stage

39. Go on the Orient Express

40. Retire

Tell us in the comments what is on your bucket list

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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