(2011) Aspirations for later life

in Quantitative
Alun Humphrey, Lucy Lee and Rosie Green

This research addresses what aspirations people of all ages hold for their later life, what they are currently doing to prepare, and what enablers and barriers there are to achieving their aspirations. The research focuses on many of the social aspects of preparing for later life and specifically looks at: what might encourage people to start planning for later life in their earlier years; what motivates people as they get older; whether later life is viewed as an opportunity to do things people were unable to do in their earlier years or as a time to relax and do less. The research captures these themes quantitatively in order to give an indication of the scale of interest held for various aspirations and provide useful information that can inform how best to help people achieve their aspirations. Section 4 focusses on interest in learning and training. The survey was carried out as part of the National Centre for Social Research Omnibus Survey (summer 2010). A total of 1,867 adults aged 16 years and over took part in the survey.

A report of research carried out by the National Centre for Social Research on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, ISBN: 978 1 84712 971 0



Pre-retirement, later life, retirement planning, aspirations