Research reveals lifestyle trends of retirees

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Almost a quarter of people nearing or in retirement are "hoarders" who keep their lifestyle the same as it was prior to leaving work, according to new research.

Newcastle Building Society's study, which has analysed the different attitudes of people over 60, also found that 19 per cent use their pension savings to improve their home.

It was also found that 12 per cent of people only use their pension savings for necessities, while ten per cent of those in the age group work past the state pension age to stay active and supplement their income.

Bob Mottershead from Newcastle Building Society's equity release service said: "These findings show that you can’t generalise people as 'over 60' when clearly different people adopt very different lifestyles in or approaching retirement."

Recent research by the Association of British Insurers also found that consumers in the UK are generally satisfied with the service they receive from companies in the pensions and life insurance sector.

The study found that 85 per cent of people feel their providers treat them fairly.

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