Becoming old is not something that many people give due attention to. Old age is not a time that people associate with a lot of activity, good health and a comfortable existence. Rather, people view it as a time of dependence on others, frequent bouts of ill health and a lot of time with nothing to do.
Similarly, when you’re young, retirement seems a remote possibility. It is not just many years away, but usually a few decades away. That’s why the young look with wonder (and occasionally wistfulness) when talking about their retirement. Yet, as it comes closer, the prospect that they might need to head off to some retirement villages continues to unnerve many people.