Retirees fall into one of five main personality types, the most common being a “short break Steve”.
A study of 1,000 adults who retired in the last 10 years found that 30% like to make the most of the opportunity to explore other cities and countries.
Nearly three in 10 (28 percent) identified themselves as a “caring Carolina,” loving nothing more than caring for neighbours’ grandchildren, pets or even plants.
Another quarter considered himself a “green-fingered Gary,” a gardening enthusiast who keeps his lawn in pristine condition year-round.
While 17% of adults fall into the “Active Annie” category, because of their love for fitness.
And 23% identify as a “foodie Frankie”, adults who will find any excuse to eat lunch with friends.
Regardless of their personality traits, 29% said they lead a more active life since retirement than when they worked with little time to prepare meals.
Busy schedules limit meal preparation from scratch
A spokesperson for food delivery brand Parsley Box, which commissioned the research as part of its ‘Give you more time for the things you love’ campaign, said: ‘We are all different and that’s is what makes life and retirement fun.
“The research in our eyes puts beyond doubt the conversation that the years following the decision to retire can be some of the most interesting and fulfilling of your life.
“And with so many plans in place, it can often be difficult to fit it all in, with research highlighting how many people choose not to cook from scratch for their busy lifestyles.”
Due to these busy schedules and varied plans, 49% find themselves unable to find the time to regularly cook meals from scratch.
While a third said they rarely cook from scratch, preferring other options such as eating out or delivering meals to fill the void.
And interestingly, 18% never cook at all.
More than a quarter (26%) eat out every week or more, and another in six take a fortnightly trip to try new dishes.
78% say quality food is important to their current lifestyle, with retirement providing more opportunities to sample the best food on offer.
Viral videos raise £15,000 for the NHS
It also found that 56% believe staying active is key to retirement and 37% believe trying new things is key to keeping their later years interesting.
While 76% believe the perception of retirement has completely changed over the past 20 years, with age no longer seen as a barrier to action, leaving older people more active than ever.
While 54% cite older people now having grown up in more modern times as the reason for the change.
One retiree who would fall into the ‘Active Annie’ category is 74-year-old Rajinder Singh, better known as the ‘Skipping Sikh’.
Singh was awarded an MBE for raising £15,000 for the NHS following a series of viral videos during the early Covid lockdowns, and now teaches schoolchildren skipping and hula hooping.
Rajinder Singh, speaking as part of the Parsley Box campaign, added: “I love cycling, running, walking, meeting people – it’s my hobby.
“I run in October for charity, and I do it because it makes me happy; if you are in good shape, you can go and help others.
Top 5 of the most identified personalities in retirement
- ‘Short Break Steve’: constantly looking for a short break in the UK or abroad
- “Care-a-lot Carol”: enjoys taking care of grandchildren, neighbours’ pets, or even keeping people’s plants alive while on vacation.
- ‘Green-fingered Gary’: An avid gardener who keeps his lawn and bushes in pristine condition all year round
- ‘Frankie Foodie’: You find any excuse for lunch with a friend
- ‘Active Annie’: You are passionate about fitness and do lots of fitness activities every week