Brits lead unfulfilled lives, survey finds

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22nd May 2015 16:30 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

A recent survey on behalf of Alzheimer’s Society has discovered that most British people are living unadventurous lives.Brits live unfulfilled lives, survey finds

The survey – conducted as part of Dementia Awareness Week – found that 57 per cent of the respondents would like to try out new hobbies and activities, although, less than 1 in 3 have actually done this in the last 12 months, with the reasons being a lack of confidence, laziness and not enough time.

The top 3 experiences that respondents cited as the activities they would most like to try were viewing the Northern Lights, going on a safari and swimming with dolphins.

Of the respondents, more than 46 per cent said that they were too busy to try out new things and 40 per cent said they had no one to do them with. More than 1 in 3 said that they were too lazy to experience something new and 30 per cent claimed that they would not be good at any new hobby.

59 per cent also said that they were concerned that developing dementia would stop them from trying out new things.

CEO of Alzheimer’s Society, Jeremy Hughes, said of the findings:

'People post selfies on social media every day to tell their friends and followers about exciting things they're doing. Alzheimer's Society's survey exposes that people's lives are often more run-of-the-mill and less adventurous than the impression given out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

'Taking part in new activities is important for everyone. It helps build confidence, enhance emotional wellbeing and creates positive memories. As dementia progresses, a person's ability to do challenging, new activities reduces but they still experience joy and pleasure - like anyone else.

'Even the simplest things can help people with dementia feel connected to the world and the people who matter most. While they may not remember the details, the positive emotions remain. That's why Alzheimer's Society works tirelessly to help those affected by dementia stay connected through our services and support.'

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