Old age, like beauty, is in the eye of beholder

Two true stories:

A couple of years back my youngest son, then a college student, recounted how “a bunch of old men” had accosted him and his friends after a hotly contested college football game. The boys were wise enough to walk away. But when I asked him about the age of these opposing fans, he unwittingly delivered this barb: “Oh, about your age.”

Ouch.

An acquaintance about to turn 65 told a mutual friend that he planned to use the next decade to enjoy the concluding years of middle age, a span that apparently now stretches past the seventh decade.

Yes, our perception of old is a moving target, and it depends on … well, it depends on how many candles you’ve managed to collect on the birthday cake.

If you want proof that old age has become a flexible milestone, look no further than the 2017 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth report that shows how four different generations view senior citizenship. Not surprisingly, the older you are, the longer it takes to achieve such status.

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