From http://www.asaging.org/am/cia2/21stCentury.html :

'With extended longevity, a new model for all the stages of life will arrive. I think that the years between 18 and 25 will be young adulthood; 25 to 40, adulthood; 40 to 60, middle adulthood or "middlescence," 60 to 75, late adulthood; 75 to 90, old age; and over 90, elderhood. These new markers of age will reflect the changing answer to the question, "How old is old?"'
How realistic is it to think that 'old age' begins at 75, when most of us will be dead before reaching our 80th birthday?

Having reached the remarkable age of 60 today, I ponder this question. Surely, I'm now an old man, not someone who can claim to be 'middle aged' or in 'middle adulthood', as the article puts it. I wonder what's middle about it when virtually none of us will reach age 120.

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Charles Riggs
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From http://www.asaging.org/am/cia2/21stCentury.html : 'With extended longevity, a new model for all the stages of life will arrive. I think that ... as the article puts it. I wonder what's middle about it when virtually none of us will reach age 120.

I'm about 5 months behind you, and I agree about the chronological argument. What constitutes 'oldness'? Being superannuated, obsolete, having fading physical or mental powers? How much depends on how others look at one? I don't feel old looking from the inside out, until I see a reaction from another person who sees me as different because of my age.

john
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Having reached the remarkable age of 60 today, I ponder this question. Surely, I'm now an old man, not someone ... as the article puts it. I wonder what's middle about it when virtually none of us will reach age 120.

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Congratulations, Charles.
I'm a few years behind you, but I can say that the closer I approach to 60, the less old it seems. (Twenty seemed older to me at 10 than 80 does now.)
Also, the concept of oldness must reflect the society and times we live in; the life-expectancy in past centuries or some countries today having been, or being, markedly less than 60 or even 50 or 40.

Personally, I hope to be as mentally and physically active as I am now, and to be enjoying the things I enjoy now, many years past 60, DV. And I won't be the least bit concerned whether others consider me old or not.
In any case, the old have available to them certain points of humour not available to the young. When Gin and Kin, the Japanese centenarian identical twins who became media stars on reaching their hundredth year, were asked what they were doing with all the money they were making from their new-found fame, they quipped, 'Saving it for our old age'..g
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From http://www.asaging.org/am/cia2/21stCentury.html : 'With extended longevity, a new model for all the stages of life will arrive. I think that ... the article puts it. I wonder what's middle about it when virtually none of us will reach age 120. Comments?

Happy birthday young man - from a 68 year old.

Peter Duncanson
UK (posting from a.u.e)
From http://www.asaging.org/am/cia2/21stCentury.html : 'With extended longevity, a new model for all the stages of life will arrive. I think that ... as the article puts it. I wonder what's middle about it when virtually none of us will reach age 120.

Al Franken, on Letterman, pointed out that the statistics used in computing the Social Security deficit are "infinity" based. In some of them, the actuaries project the life span to increase to 150 years, but the retirement age to continue at 63.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
From http://www.asaging.org/am/cia2/21stCentury.html : 'With extended longevity, a new model for ... when virtually none of us will reach age 120. Comments?

Happy birthday young man - from a 68 year old.

83 is sorta old. Take it from one who knows firsthand.
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How realistic is it to think that 'old age' begins at 75, when most of us will be dead before ... as the article puts it. I wonder what's middle about it when virtually none of us will reach age 120.

My father-in-law, who died in his late seventies, considered himself to be 'middle aged' right to the end.

Alec McKenzie
How realistic is it to think that 'old age' begins ... it when virtually none of us will reach age 120.

My father-in-law, who died in his late seventies, considered himself to be 'middle aged' right to the end.

My grandmother who was eighty at that time always referred to her brother in law as the young one although
he was past seventy;)
Happy birthday young man - from a 68 year old.

83 is sorta old. Take it from one who knows firsthand.

Nearly there with you, except for some old geezer
who looks back at me from the mirror, feel quite
young. Thank God for Vitamin V.
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