The biggest fear about getting older for under-60s in Britain is their families and friends dying, a survey has suggested.

Forty-three per cent listed their loved ones’ passing as one of their three primary concerns. Alzheimer’s was the second-largest concern with 39 per cent of people seeing it as one of their three greatest worries.

The least concerning issues in the question to 1,212 under-60s by YouGov were the prospect of not working and body weight. These both worried only four per cent of respondents.

The results also varied substantially by age groups.

A majority (52 per cent) over the age of 60 were concerned with Alzheimer’s in old age, compared to only 29 per cent of people aged between 18 and 24.

Fifteen per cent of 18-24-year-olds said they did not know what they were concerned with regarding old age.

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