Skydiving pensioners grow old disgracefully

So much for a quiet retirement...

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It will come as no surprise to viewers of 'OAPs Behaving Badly', but people in their 60s are refusing to take old age lying down.

One in 20 people is getting their first tattoo after the age of 60, and 12% say they've have taken part in extreme sports over the past decade, from skydiving and bungee jumping to scuba diving.

Almost half of those surveyed by Remember A Charity said that they feel at least 10 years younger than their real age, and one third say that they are more likely to seek out new experiences than they were 20 years ago.

But it's not all hedonism: more than one fifth of those surveyed say they are involved in volunteering. Sixteen per cent have already included a charitable donation in their will and, of those that haven't, over a third say they're considering it.

"People in their sixties are really living life to the full and doing amazing things, not least of all volunteering their time and taking part in challenge events for good causes," says Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity.

"It is fantastic to see that one in six have already included a charity in their will and twice as many would consider doing so. People know they can give in this way and many are willing, but there is a need to normalise this form of giving and ensure that it becomes a regular part of the discussion when planning a person's inheritance or will."

For many, retirement marks the first chance to pursue a dream - and the new pension freedoms mean that more people than ever before have the budget to do it. We recently reported, for example, on Cambridgeshire couple Ian and Ann Clarke, who have cashed in their pension pots and sold their home to fund a round-the-world sailing trip.

While this may be an extreme example, the survey found that the average pensioner now tries at least four activities normally associated with younger people after retiring.

Nearly a quarter are still going to gigs, and more than a tenth say they go on blind dates. Over two-fifths of the over-60s exercise at least three times a week, and a similar number use social media regularly.

"We are delighted that this research shows how so many Brits in their sixties are living life to the full," says Cope.

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