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Age is a state of mind

June 29, 2009

Few see themselves as ‘old,’ no matter what their age
By Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY

If you’ve been telling yourself you’re not old yet, you fit right in.

No matter what their chronological age, most people say that they aren’t yet “old” — and that they feel younger than their birthday count, according to a new nationally representative survey of almost 3,000 adults by the Pew Research Center.

The average age considered “old” by respondents was 68 — but there were real differences in perception driven by the respondents’ own ages:

•More than half of those under 30 say the average person becomes old before 60.

•Middle-aged respondents say it’s closer to 70.

•Those ages 65 and older say “old” is not until 75.

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