At What Age Is Someone "Old"?
If age is indeed a number, where do Americans draw the line between middle-aged and elderly?
To people age 45 and younger, the line of demarcation for "old or middle-aged" is 61, according to a recent survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults by The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. Not surprisingly, people who find themselves on the far side of age 61 "tend to see it [as] young."
These findings echo those of a survey by the Pew Research Center, which concluded that older people felt younger than their chronological age, while younger people defined "old" as much younger than did older survey respondents.
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