What Age Is Considered Middle Aged Vs. Old Vs Elderly?

And how to make peace with getting older, no matter what age you are.

There are people that claim age is all in your head, or that perhaps it’s an attitude of youthfulness that prevents aging from happening.

Others day age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel.

While all of that may be true for some, the fact of the matter is that no one escapes aging at the cellular level. It can be delayed, hidden, or camouflaged, but eventually your cells will break down and the inescapable reality of aging catches up to everyone.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, anyone over the age of 35 to 40 was considered old. But now, anyone who is 60 or 70 years of age views themselves as if they are 35 or maybe a 40 years of age.

What age is considered middle aged vs. old vs. elderly?

Definitions vary, but in the most technical terms: these three age ranges are typically categorized as follows:

  • Middle age: between about 45 to 65 years of age
  • Old age: beginning anywhere from 65 (in Europe) to 70 or 71 for men and 73 for women (in the U.S.)
  • Elderly: the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers anyone over the age of 65 to be elderly, though others in the U.S, and elsewhere have proposed that, given current life expectancy statistics, that definition should be raised to 75 and up.

Of course, none of it is all that simple.

When I was a little girl, my mother worked out to fitness and nutrition guru Jack LaLanne on her black and white TV.

Today there are a plethora of workout options available to us, ranging from meditative Yoga to rigorous caveman-style workouts, and everything in between.

Fashionable clothing are no longer available only to young, rich and beautiful people under the age of 25. Even gray hair can be fashionable, especially with fashion-forward teens dying their own locks in silvery shades.

No, If you are looking for a simple definition of what it means to be “old,” you’ll have to look beyond the physical attributes that once determined how old someone was.

Your use of technology and sense of responsibility are now factors that greatly impact whether others see you as old.

  • If your email address ends in roadrunner, you are showing your age.
  • If texting someone a simple message takes you longer than two seconds, you may be considered old.
  • If you need a 10 year old neighbor to turn on your TV — or, let’s be honest, to tell you Netflix is where it’s at — it’s a sign you are aging.
  • If you have no idea what an emoji or a meme is, or if you can’t understand the joke when someone shares one with you, you may be getting old.
  • If your vacations happen onboard cruise ships rather than volunteering to gather plastic waste in an effort to save the ocean, you’re likely growing old.
  • If you’re still hard at work with retirement looming closely and you’re completely baffled by the 20-something co-worker who just quit to find their purpose, you just might be old.

Even if you find yourself relating to the scenarios above, there are things you can do to slow the aging process, or at the very least, to help you make peace with “getting old.”

Here are six things you can do now to make peace with growing older:

1. Keep working out and eating a healthful balanced diet.

2. Stay relevant by keeping up with fashion trends and embracing the gray hair those young folks love so much.

3. Get informed about the latest technology (maybe by asking your 10-year-old grandchild or neighbor for help).

4. Strike up a conversation with a coffee barista to learn what interests them. For some reason, they seem to have a pulse on what’s hip.

5. Plan a vacation with a purpose. Maybe spending a year cleaning up an ocean is a little ambitious, but what about a short-term mission trip or making a pit stop to volunteer at a local soup kitchen.

6. Keep on working hard at your job, but consider taking advantage of the vacation time you’ve built up and going somewhere you’ve been dreaming of forever.

Most of all, if you want to stay young for as long as possible, be interested in others.

Ask people questions about who they are, and see what you can learn from them.

Keep an open mind as you go — and always remember to breathe!


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Couple Who Met On Dating App Gets Married On First Date

One couple from the United Kingdom, who met on a dating app, took the word “spontaneity” to a whole other level after they wed each other during their first date.

Sarah and Paul Edwards matched on the dating app Bumble on Dec. 13, as reported by The Argus on Jan 1.

The two talked for the first time on the phone on Dec 22 before deciding to elope and marry in Las Vegas, United States on Christmas Eve, in what was supposed to be their first date.

“I don’t even know what he looked like at all, really,” Sarah recounted on “Good Morning Britain” on Dec 28. “I’ve seen three pictures so it was just all a bit of a whirlwind because we got married on the same day.”

Paul said they have connected “on so many levels” that the idea of being physically attracted on first meeting did not matter that much.

The two of them both got bored of dating sites and apps because of how “everything seems a little bit too fake.”

However, when they started talking to each other, they both saw something real that became more important than physical attraction.

“What if you haven’t found each other physically attractive?” the morning program host, Ranvir Singh asked. “Would you still get married?”

“Yes, absolutely,” was Sarah’s immediate reply. “It’s about who someone is on the inside.”

“Yeah, you can work on it,” seconded Paul. “And I love Sarah for exactly who she is and just like marriages all across the world we will grow to love each other as time goes on.”

Sarah said her parents were initially concerned about her decision to marry the guy she met online on their first date.

When they asked to talk to Paul, he was able to assuage their fears and won them over in half an hour.

Meanwhile, Sarah has yet to meet Paul’s parents and his children from a previous relationship.

“It’s completely different, I mean we’re fully aware that it’s completely away from the social norms,” Paul stated. The couple said they have done the social norms when it comes to a relationship — dating, meeting each other and moving in — in the past, but they were still unsuccessful in love. That was until their whirlwind romance.

“Our first kiss was our wedding kiss,” Sarah proudly said. “And [there are] not many couples that can say that they never even kissed before they made that commitment to each other.”


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