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#1 Guest_holy_j_*

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:50 AM

If a life expectancy is say 81 years, is youth from birth to 27, middle aged from 27-54 and old aged from 54-81? Give or take

Or do we discount the youth, and say you are a kid until you are 18, young until you are 39, middle aged from 39 to 60, and old ages from 60-81?? I'm learning towards this one.

When do you think you are middle aged?

#2 dadwasathome

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:51 AM

I reckon middel aged doesn't start until at least 50 and old at least over 70.

#3 follies

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:54 AM

middle aged is 40's.

#4 ZombieFerretOfDoom

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:55 AM

Middle aged is always about 10 years older than whatever age I am at the time.

Old age is about 25 years older.


#5 Dionysus

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:56 AM

I would say 50 is middle aged

#6 Chelli

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:58 AM

QUOTE (WootFerretOfDoom @ 07/11/2012, 11:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Middle aged is always about 10 years older than whatever age I am at the time.

Old age is about 25 years older.


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#7 71Cath

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:59 AM

QUOTE (WootFerretOfDoom @ 07/11/2012, 11:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Middle aged is always about 10 years older than whatever age I am at the time.

Old age is about 25 years older.


Love this!

A few years ago I would have said 40 was middle aged, but now I am 40, so definitely not!

#8 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:59 AM

I think I'd class myself as middle aged around 45-60.

#9 CallMeFeral

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:01 AM

Middle aged is whatever decade is next up from what I'm in at the time.

#10 Chaos in stereo

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:01 AM


Edited by Chaos in stereo, 26 August 2013 - 05:40 PM.

#11 Walkers

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:01 AM

QUOTE (WootFerretOfDoom @ 07/11/2012, 11:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Middle aged is always about 10 years older than whatever age I am at the time.

Old age is about 25 years older.



I've always thought 50+ until my daughter had to do a school project which involved interviewing a middle aged person - I thought she would choose my mum but she chose me  sad.gif  School specified 40+, I'm 41

#12 la di dah

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:03 AM

50 doesn't make sense as middle-aged to me unless you have been footloose and fancy-free all through all your 30s and 40s and plan to live to be 100?

Of course I'm grumpy and dealing with family medical histories so, uh, I guess a nice nihilistic 32 will be middle-aged for me.

I don't plan to see 70. Mileage varies.

Edited by la di dah, 07 November 2012 - 11:03 AM.

#13 DM. 2012

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:03 AM

QUOTE (71Cath @ 07/11/2012, 10:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Love this!

A few years ago I would have said 40 was middle aged, but now I am 40, so definitely not!

I'm 40 next year, so I agree, 40 is not middle age, I'm too young to be middle aged.

#14 Gudrun

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:06 AM

Aren't you as old as you feel?    I'm old but I actually am.   But I'm not nearly dead.

#15 Velvetta

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:07 AM

Old as the man you feel , I thought.

#16 red_squirrel

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:17 AM

Middle aged 55+
Old age 85+

and yes I was footloose and fancy free until 40ish and plan to live to 127.

#17 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:18 AM

I'm 37 and pretty well resigned that I am middle-aged.

I gather middle aged is a whole lot of things coming together, not just the half way point between birth and death (which would probably make me middle aged a good while ago).

It's 'settling down' in that you have a reasonably predictable lifestyle to those who know you - you have a job or business, a partner or are single, kids or none, travel x times a year, drive this car, live in a house or flat you are buying or have a long term lease on, start putting on a hat in the sun automatically rather than checking it matches your outfit...biggrin.gif

I may also be feeling boring, but I also have a lot more physical signs of impending old age, where I've broken bones is definitely noticeable in cold weather, I actually creak in my knees if I do squats. I am also reasonably likely to leak if I do squats laughing2.gif I love my life but I love that it IS settled and predictable.

I'm so middle aged...

#18 unicorn

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:21 AM

Realistically middle age is between 35 to 45 for most people given the average life span or whatever. And old is just old. But there is no way in heck I will be referred to as middle aged until I am at least 50, and then we shall see how I feel about the term.

#19 Mpjp is feral

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:24 AM

QUOTE (follies @ 07/11/2012, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
middle aged is 40's.

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#20 follies

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:31 AM

QUOTE (meplainjanebrain @ 07/11/2012, 11:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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Don't be upset. Middle aged isn't old, it is just in the middle!

#21 Natttmumm

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:32 AM

40. No way 27

#22 jai*

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:53 AM

I personally think it's an outdated term.

I just live every day I am blessed with, and at 34.99 I still feel pretty young.

I know too many people who never made it to 'middle age' to really worry about being there now or in the future.

#23 blackcat20

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:55 AM

QUOTE (Natttmumm @ 07/11/2012, 12:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
40. No way 27

Agree! No way to I consider my 29 year old self to be middle aged!

I would have said around 45ish. Old is 70s+

#24 MintyBiscuit

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

QUOTE (Chaos in stereo @ 07/11/2012, 12:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Perhaps middle-age begins when you can't wear skinny jeans anymore or does it start before then?

In that case I've been middle aged since about 15 wink.gif

I'd say late 40's/early 50's, although it depends on the person. And old age is well past retirement - 75+ at least

#25 aussierach

Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:04 PM

I think our parents are middle age they are late 50's and early 60's no way is 40 middle age I am rapidly approahcing and as I have young kids

I think there is a differance in perspectives now adays though due to people havign kids later in life.. as well

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