Growing old in America

The Pew Research group is out with a survey that says growing old in America isn’t as bad as people think it is. It also isn’t as good as people think it is.


Among 18 to 29 year-olds, about half say they feel their age, while about quarter say they feel older than their age and another quarter say they feel younger. By contrast, among adults 65 and older, fully 60% say they feel younger than their age, compared with 32% who say they feel exactly their age and just 3% who say they feel older than their age.

What’s the matter with you whippersnappers? You feel your age? At 18-29?

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The survey also appears to settle the debate about when old age begins. 68.

But, of course, it’s all a matter of perspective. In its profile of Jay Smooth on All Things Considered on Monday, NPR referred to him as “an aging hip-hopper …. he’s 36.”

And, no doubt, feeling his age.

  • bob

    What a whack survey. I didn’t see any questions asking about the downsides of aging — which, at a certain point, is mostly everything.

    It doesn’t matter where you live, aging sucks.

    And anyone who has started to feel the real effects of aging is lying when they say they feel younger than their age.

    In Minnesota, the most salient point about aging is this; it is only a matter of time until you slip and fall in the winter and sustain a serious or debilitating injury.

  • Kim V

    I love Jay Smooth! I think he has some really smart social commentary and analysis. Highly recommended!

  • emma child

    old age sets in when a person begins to conform to other people’s opinions of what age appropriate behavior/appearance should be

  • bsimon

    bob writes

    “In Minnesota, the most salient point about aging is this; it is only a matter of time until you slip and fall in the winter and sustain a serious or debilitating injury.”

    The guy we bought our house from told us “If I’m going to die of a heart attack I’d rather be in a swimming pool in Florida than behind a snowblower in Minnesota.”

    As far as whether aging ‘sucks’ or not, I’m not sure what you suggest doing about it. There are certainly aspects of aging that I don’t care for, but I’ll take them over the alternative.