Today, Connie Cass and Stacy Anderson of the Associated Press reported the results of a poll from their LifeGoesStrong.com site. Turns out the Baby Boomers, currently aged 47-65, don’t fear aging or dying, but most of them–us, I guess–do not consider ourselves old.
While younger adults think 60 defines “old”, Boomers gave a median age of 70 and a quarter think we’re not old till we’re 80.
A third say we’re “confident” about getting older, and a similar percent “looking forward to sharing our acquired wisdom and knowledge.” Only a sixth found aging to be “frustrating or sad”.
Only 18 % fear dying. The largest fears are losing independence to physical illness (45%), memory loss (44%), crippling medical bills (43%) and general financial insufficiency (41%).
Most do not worry about wrinkles and about 1 in 5 have had or would consider having cosmetic surgery, with eyes and tummies leading the way.
All in all, not a bad report card. One of the reasons that the Boomers don’t feel they are “old” is because they are quite content at their present age. Being smack dab in the middle of ‘em, I would have to agree.