Although the research was conducted in Perth, Australia, the top issues for seniors are universal. The major issues were: (1) safety and crime, (2) loneliness, (3) senior care, (4) cost of living, and (5) news and media.
Friendships are essential
Loneliness was a common source of distress for many seniors, and feeling "invisible" in society was a common complaint. Most agreed that maintaining human contact, as well as keeping ties to your community, was vital.
One senior summed up her life by saying: “When you look back on your life, the highlights are usually to do with people, and if you can develop good relationships, that makes you happy. If the people aren’t there, I think you’re missing out.”
60 is the new 40