the Third Age
Third Age is recognised as an important and creative period in our lives, where experience and knowledge coexist with a more peaceful and mild everyday life. Today, people live longer, work longer and contribute for many years to social, cultural and economic life. The elderly is a vulnerable social group and require support and encouragement of the state and the society in general. They make a significant contribution to the country's social and economic development, as their knowledge and experiences are important to younger generations, they produce enviable voluntary work, while helping their children and grandchildren in positive and diverse ways.
Third Age is
the fastest growing age group
It is estimated that in 2050 1/4 of the Earth’s population will be people of the Third Age, as life expectancy has increased today for women at 80 years and for men at 77 years. In Cyprus, life expectancy is 84.7 for women and 80.3 for men!
When does the middle and third
Human life can be divided schematically into three major periods:
The Development period
The period of Maturity
The old age
When does the middle age begins?
The average age of humans begin at 55 years and not at 40, as was the dominant perception until now, according to a survey conducted by the British Love to Learn website. In another British survey, the Greeks put the end of their youth in 52 years and the Swedes only at 34!
Typically our entry into the Third Age begins when we reach our 65th birthday.
«Our perceptions of old age must go hand in hand with the reality of our growing longevity and not stay attached to the past»
Negative perceptions of the elderly are unjustified and erroneous, as the constant increase in life expectancy and the progress of science allows more people in becoming old and active citizens, participate in the community, be interesting as people and mainly, be contented with their lives.
The age and the boundaries that determine in which life stage a person is classified, are different and are basically dependent on his/her functionality. According to experts, the secret to getting "late" into the old age, is to be in mental alertness.
There is enough scientific evidence to allow us to believe that the increase in life expectancy over the last few decades, can be combined with the good quality of life of people who are active and satisfied with their lives. Factors proven to affect and contribute to a good quality of life, preservation of vitality, good mental state and active participation at all levels in their lives are:
The ability to learn and become familiar with technology, the use of computers, touch computers, smartphones and tablets, and learning Skype and other social media, helps older people to open up new horizons, get out of seclusion and loneliness and strengthen their mental functions. At the same time, it helps them to cope with their various obligations online avoiding waiting in line for public and other services.
In order to be well, apart to the medication someone may follow, he/she has to enjoy life according to his/her preferences and choices. Music therapy, singing and dancing, improve mood and strengthens mental functioning.
Scientific surveys show that middle-aged and elderly people participating in volunteer programs and actions, are happier and healthier, they live longer and get a strong sense of offering to the society that fills them with satisfaction. People recognise their offer, they make new friends and acquaintances and are still active citizens, to the extent of their abilities.
4. Good Health & Sexuality
The more someone uses his/her brain, the more he/she increases the chances of keeping its mental functions in good shape and has a better and healthier life. Mind and memory are strengthened when a person is satisfied with his/her erotic life as well. Good sex life does not just improve mood, but it also enhances the functions of the brain. According to surveys, age does not impose an obstacle to an active sex life. "Age alone is not a sufficient predictor of a person's sexuality. In fact, many people continue to have sexual feelings in the process of ageing."
Physical activity can help prevent or even deal with several conditions associated with the Third Age. Exercise is one of the most important steps of the elderly to maintain their physical and mental health and their quality of life in general. Physical activity helps reduce the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression and many other.