We have better medicine, lifestyle, and disease prevention than ever before. We have more science promoting healthy life practices that keep us younger for longer. The World Health Organisation believes that most developed world countries characterise old age starting at 60 years and above. Most of Europe have similar views of old age to the World Health Organisation, believing old age starts at 65 years of age.
What age is considered 'old'?
Growing older: What age is considered elderly? | Elizz
As someone who writes a lot about the medical and social issues of aging, I am constantly faced with a problem: What am I supposed to call old people these days? I know. Some of you are mad at me already, but it gets really tiresome to have to alternate among the hazy euphemisms that are supposed to stand in for the hated word "old. Older than what? Everybody's older than somebody. Senior citizen has fallen out of fashion, but "seniors" is OK in some quarters. Definitely not all.
When Does Someone Become ‘Old’?
Of course, calling someone old is generally not considered polite, because the word, accurate though it might be, is frequently considered pejorative. Sixty percent of the youngest respondents—those between 18 and 29—said yes, but that percentage declined the older respondents were; only 16 percent of adults 60 or older made the same judgment. It seems that the closer people get to old age themselves, the later they think it starts.
Nor is it quite as good. These disparities come into sharpest focus when survey respondents are asked about a series of negative benchmarks often associated with aging, such as illness, memory loss, an inability to drive, an end to sexual activity, a struggle with loneliness and depression, and difficulty paying bills. In every instance, older adults report experiencing them at lower levels often far lower than younger adults report expecting to encounter them when they grow old. These generation gaps in perception also extend to the most basic question of all about old age: When does it begin? Survey respondents ages 18 to 29 believe that the average person becomes old at age