This Is the Age When You Become ‘Old’

(Time) This Is the Age When You Become ‘Old,’ According to Four Different Generations

Kerri Anne Renzulli Jun 13, 2017

 If age really is just a number, what number marks old age?

Well, the answer to that depends on how old you are now.

 Millennials hold the least generous views on aging, saying that you are old beginning at just 59, according to a new study by U.S. Trust. Older groups, however, put the starting point further out.

Gen X on average bumps the beginning of old age to 65, while boomers and the silent generation both agreed that age 73 is the start.

Here’s how different groups defined “old” and “young,” according to the 2017 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth & Worth report. 

For another view, the Japan Gerontological Society and Japan Geriatrics Society released a study earlier this year that concluded the term “old” best applies to those between the ages of 75 and 89. People ages 65 to 74 could be thought of as “pre-old,” while those age 90 and over earn the title “super-old,” they said.

Negative opinions about aging can be a significant impediment to older workers who are looking to find new jobs or advance in their careers. That’s a particular problem as longer lifespans and savings shortfalls have many people looking to delay retirement or work part time after they stop full-time work.

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