Almost two thirds of older people claim they are "happier than they have ever been", a new poll suggests.
The Royal Voluntary Service said that 63% of people over the age of 70 feel more content than at any other point in their lives.
And half claim they are in the prime of their life.
Worrying less, having more time for personal activities and no longer caring what people think are some of the things highlighted as a benefit of growing older by the 1,500 British adults questioned by the charity.
The survey , released to highlight the charity's GrandFest event, which will celebrate older people and their craft skills in June, also quizzed older people about the key to keeping happy in older age.
Mental exercises, regular physical exercise and seeing friends and family were some of the top tips cited by those questioned.
"It's heartening to find out so many people say life gets better as you age," said David McCullough, chief executive of Royal Voluntary Service.
" Those flourishing in older age are the ones keeping active and engaged and continuing to enjoy their hobbies.
"Older people can teach us a lot - not just about how to age well but also by passing on their skills. GrandFest, now in its third year, is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill or hobby from the original makers."