They use their free time to socialise with friends and family in contrast to people who have to rush home from work and juggle children and work.
Overall fewer older people say they are lonely compared to working age populations. Once they reach 80 years of age however then it’s a different story with third saying they are lonely, probably because they suffer ill-health and can’t get about so easily.
These figures have been published to coincide with the International Day of Older People and draws on the ONS’s well-being index.
The ONS think that the contrast between older people who are retired and people of working age may be due to the more mature outlook that comes with age.