Despite not having a lot of disposable income, most septuagenarians get out and about regularly. Every month, they take on average:
- 1.76 trips to restaurants
- 1.36 nights down the pub
- 2.82 visits to the family
- 4.8 exercise sessions (including gym, walks expeditions).
The average number of books they read each year is 9.39.
Drama is their favourite genre of TV (69% prefer it) and favourite programmes include Dad’s Army, Only Fools and Horses and Fawlty Towers. The average 70-something spends 16.3 hours watching TV each week.
The most popular musical genre is classical (20%), but pop is also popular, with artists including ABBA, Queen, Elvis Presley and Adele ranking in the list of favourite acts.
Favourite films among over-70s are: Titanic (28%), The Great Escape (28%), Shawshank Redemption (30%) and Schindler’s List (29%).
33% wish they had travelled more - something they have in common with many 30-somethings.