How old do you feel? Apparently it depends on your age. A fascinating study out of the Pew Research Center finds that the older people become, the younger they feel and the more likely they are to see “old age” as a time occurring later in life.
The survey found most people over 50 feel at least 10 years younger than their actual age. One-third of those between 65 and 74 said they felt 10 to 19 years younger, and one-sixth of people over 75 said they felt 20 years younger.
On average, survey respondents said old age begins at 68. But few people over 65 agreed; they said old age begins at 75.
By contrast, people under 30 said 60 marks the beginning of old age.
The researchers also asked young adults what they expect aging to be like and older people how it actually is. The result: younger people tend to think growing old will be worse than the elderly report.
The bottom line: old age always seems to be a bit older than we are.