The over 45’s bucket list includes visiting a nudist beach and camping at a festival

Web Team | 18th September 2019

Getting remarried, visiting a nudist beach and camping at a music festival are among the activities over 45s wants to achieve in their lifetime.


Attending a school reunion, going on a hot air balloon and jumping on a motorbike were also listed as popular experiences to tick off.


Getting a new tattoo, spending Christmas abroad and eating at a Michelin starred restaurant also made the top 50.


The study, commissioned by hearing specialist Hidden Hearing also revealed the average over 45 currently has nine goals left to tick off their wish list and hopes to complete it within the next 10 years.


And those aged aged 65 and over have five ambitions remaining.


But almost three quarters of those polled believe it is ‘important’ to live life to the full and four in 10 don’t think anything – including age – should get in the way.


The research was carried out to mark Alzheimer’s Awareness Day (September 21) after it found 63 per cent ‘fear’ getting dementia and forgetting some of their favourite memories and experiences.


GP and health broadcaster Dr Hilary Jones said: “The results show that as a nation, we don’t want to be defined by age – there’s so much many of us still want to achieve, and our lifestyles and ambitions recognise this.


“Staying mentally alert and physically healthy is so important.


“A big fear among many is losing our memory and forgetting key moments, or struggling with mental health, but it’s never too late to make a positive change and be proactive in your health.


“We know hearing loss has links to dementia, so simple things like taking a hearing test and using hearing aids can help switch life on.


“New research has revealed that wearing a hearing aid may help people protect their brain function and reduce their risk of dementia.”


The study of adults aged 45+ found almost a third describe themselves as ‘adventurous’ and 71 per cent are open to trying new experiences.


And half admit they want to tick things off their list to feel they have made the most of life while 58 per cent want to do so purely to make memories.


One in four want to complete some kind of challenge to prove to themselves they are still physically or mentally capable, such as climbing a mountain, writing a novel or learning a new language.


But when it comes to the barriers to living life to the full, poor health was noted as an obstacle, as was lack of money.


Britain’s Got Talent winner and Hidden Hearing ambassador Colin Thackery said: “Life doesn’t stop at a certain age – you need to be positive and you need to switch life back on if you feel like you’ve stalled.


“Look at me, I’m 89 and was dared to go on Britain’s Got Talent, then I only went and won it.


“Never stop pushing yourself. You need to look after your health, look after your hearing, and go and have an adventure.”


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Top 50 things the over 45s want to achieve:

1. See the Northern Lights
2. Go to New Zealand
3. Travel first class
4. Rail trip of Europe
5. Visit the Seven Wonders of the World
6. Buy a holiday home
7. Go on a cruise
8. Research my family tree
9. Go on safari
10. Learn a new language
11. Go in a hot air balloon
12. Spend Christmas abroad
13. Become a great grandparent
14. Learn to play an instrument
15. Write a novel
16. Swim with dolphins
17. Eat in a Michelin starred restaurant
18. Go to America
19. Be an extra on a TV show/film
20. Become a grandparent
21. Move abroad
22. Go to Asia
23. Walk my daughter down the aisle
24. Learn to paint
25. See my favourite band in concert
26. Learn to fly a plane
27. Learn to dance
28. Study for a new qualification (diploma / degree)
29. Get a dog
30. Meet my idol
31. Sky-dive
32. Learn photography
33. Revisit my honeymoon destination
34. Attend a school reunion
35. Raise money for charity
36. Get a tattoo
37. Go to a nudist beach
38. Climb a mountain
39. Run a marathon
40. Change career
41. Go to a live sporting event
42. Get a cat
43. Ride a motorcycle
44. Go to a music festival
45. Bungee jump
46. Go skiing
47. Learn to bake
48. Sing in public
49. Get married
50. Learn a new sport