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A poll conducted by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute and Zogby International attempted to determine what age Americans believe is old.
If you’re under 30, you think age 61 marks the beginning of “old.”
If you’re between age 50 and 64, “old” doesn’t begin until age 71. No one 65 or older thinks 41 to 50 is old.
Men are almost three times more likely than women to say an age under 60 is old, and men are four times more likely than women to say that someone between 31 and 40 is old.
Republicans are more likely than Democrats or Independents to say that younger ages are old.
At Society of Certified Senior Advisors’ seminars, we ask people “how old do you feel?” Almost universally, people will subtract eight or ten years from their actual age. Put another way, “old” is all a matter of perspective!