My mother in law recently informed me that the new “middle age” is considered to be sixty five. If you did a double-take reading those words or find yourself feeling skeptical, trust me, you’re not alone. I experienced both of those reactions and even laughed a little, too. Needless to say, she did not find my doubtful attitude amusing.
Hey, I get it. She is a year away from the big 6-0, and as such, feels the need to reassure herself that she still isn’t “old.” I like to live by the philosophy that as long as you don’t feel old, you’re not. People no longer really “act their age” in the sense that my in-laws are very active, both still working, going to football games, vacations, chasing after grandkids, you name it. I do think that people are doing more in their fifties and sixties than the previous generations, and that has to count for something.
Still, I am a curious person, and whenever someone says something that I find doubtful, I turn to the ever-faithful internet. And by internet, I mean Google. I of course had told my mother-in-law that I didn’t think there was any way that sixty five could be considered the new middle age, because if you take the meaning of the word literally then middle age is halving life expectancy. In that case, middle age would be somewhere around forty to forty five. She stood her ground, but to satisfy my own curiosity I did Google it when I got home.
There actually are three or four articles talking about the new middle age, and as it turns out, we were both wrong. The new middle age is considered to be fifty-five! Now who thinks I should break the news to her?
You can find one of the articles I read here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2206405/So-does-middle-age-really-start-A-study-claims-55-But-women-reveal-strike-ANY-age.html