A new survey shows that women worry more than men about losing their looks as they get older, while men are more concerned about the quality of their sex lives.
Researchers at the University of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society surveyed 1,100 adults over the age of 40 about the impact of the ageing process and how they feel about retirement.
And while both sexes shared similar concerns about the prospect of losing their health, they had very different priorities when it came to their appearance and sex life.
A third of women said that preserving their looks in old age was important to them, compared to just 21 per cent of men. But 32 per cent of men were worried about a dwindling sex life, compared to 12 per cent of women.
However sociologist Dr Kate Woodthorpe said that the research for the Sun Life Direct Cost of Dying annual report showed that women were generally more anxious about ageing than men.
She said: “The chances are that women have a lot more at stake because they are the ones going to be left on their own, often for around 10 years as a widow. They lose a companion and are at greater risk of poverty. A lot of the generation retiring now are reliant on the man’s pension because the woman may have had a long career break to raise families and therefore will not have the same security as a man.”
The report also found that women placed greater importance on financial planning for old age, with half of women and 39 per cent of men rating poverty as a major fear.