A new survey finds that although most Brits admit that they would like to live till the age of 82, a majority of them doubt whether they would be able to make it. The average life span for a man in the UK is 77, and 81 for women.
A poll of 2000 people showed that British men believed that they would die at 72, and women thought that they would live up to 75.
Just three per cent of Brits actually looked forward to getting old, while 43 per cent admitted that they dreaded it, reports British tabloid The Sun.
Nearly 79 per cent feared that they would loose their intellectual faculties, and doubted remaining mentally agile.
Another 63 per cent were concerned about loss of mobility, and 44 per cent feared being put in a home.
For more than a third of people, exercise was the key to live longer.
When asked about their priorities in later years, health was more important than happiness.