Some say middle age is a state of mind ..

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According to a survey featured on the BBC News website, Middle age is starting much later than was previously thought.  I guess that is good news for us over 50s!  

Apparently Britons don’t see themselves as elderly until they are closer to 70.  The survey was carried out using 1,000 UK adults aged 50 plus, for the Love to Learn online learning website.

Previously research has shown that the perception of middle age can be as young as 36! Of the people surveyed, 19% believe that middle age is a state of mind rather than a specific age.

So when does old age start?  Well those surveyed on average say 69 which suggests middle age itself now spans 14 years and goes well beyond the government’s planned state pension age of 66.

Recent research from charity Age UK, looking at how Europeans categorise themselves, found the average age at which old age is perceived to start is 62. But there was less consensus on when youth ended, ranging from 34 in Sweden to 52 in Greece, with an average of 40.

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So what is your view … when do you think middle age begins and old age starts or is it all a state of mind?



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Barbara Brannelly
7th Oct 2012
Thanks for voting!
This is my first visit to your site and I have found it very interesting reading.I am 72 years old so yes I do qualify. To me age is a number, the mind a different matter.I always believe that the more you contribute the more you receive.A person can either take interest in family friends and life ,or sit in a chair and stagnate.It all depends on so many things and sometimes unfortunately health can interrupt. On the other side dependent on personality and indeed the media, older people are sometimes made to feel inferior.Well we are not,we have a world of experience to offer and this must never be overshadowed by people who with much less knowledge of life and living.

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