It was once seen as a time to settle down and take life more easily, but a new study of how pensioners plan to spend their retirement shows how many now see it as a second youth.
When thousands of over 65s were asked to compile a so-called bucket list of goals they hoped to achieve in life, plans to travel the world were - perhaps unsurprisingly - the most popular option, while thrill-seekers detailed hopes of going sky-diving and mountaineering or flying a Spitfire.
But the bulk of responses involved much longer-term plans for the future, vividly illustrating how growing numbers of older people view retirement. The survey was carried out by YouGov for Centra Pulse, the maker of devices such as sensors and alarms for older people.
Those who took part spoke of plans to fall in love, go to university, learn a new language or a skill such as swimming or perfect a lifelong skill in painting, gardening or golf.
Others spoke of substantial investments of time and money with goals such as writing a best-selling novel, buying a house or emigrating.
Sir Tony Robinson, the actor, joked that he dreamt of becoming an internationally renowned professional gambler.
Almost a third of those polled singled out a dream to tour the world while smaller numbers listed specific travel plans including taking a road trip across America, seeing the northern lights or travelling on the Orient Express.
The second most widely stated preference was simply to see one’s family “settled”, just ahead of living to the age of 100.
Wendy Darling, managing director of Centra Pulse says: “Today’s over-65s have a set of ambitions that would put most twenty-somethings to shame. It’s so important that they are given access to the right support which will help them achieve their dreams.
“Despite this impressive list of ambitions, we found that 40 per cent of over-65s are still worried about life getting more difficult as they grow older”.