50 signs you are aging
- July 10, 2013
- URAH Singapore
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Are you reading this in your slippers round at whatsername's house?
Have you both got a sherry on the go and the latest episode of the Archers playing on the wireless?
If you're nodding – and that's hurting your neck a bit – you're officially getting old.
Not that you lot who are listening to Radio 2 and feeding the birds should feel smug. You're pushing on a bit too.
Most of us like to think we're young, or youngish, but yesterday researchers came up with a list of 50 tell-tale signs of ageing that might make you think otherwise.
Their study found that losing head hair but gaining it elsewhere and declaring 'It wasn't like that when I was young' are also an indication that your youth is firmly behind you.
Other things to look out for include taking a flask of tea on days out and falling asleep in front of the television.
The report said people feel older if their understanding of technology falls by the wayside, either by struggling to use it, or losing touch with more modern inventions such as tablets or the latest digital TV options.
Fashion sense starts to go out of the window as age creeps up – as people choose clothes for comfort over style, start wearing their glasses around their neck and never leave the house without a coat.
The majority of the 2,000 surveyed didn't feel there was a set age at which someone becomes 'old'.
In fact, eight in ten think you're only as old as you feel, and 76 per cent intend to enjoy their youth for as long as possible.
Although cultural attitudes might encourage us to make light of ageing, 58 per cent of respondents said they were worried about getting old. Losing your memory (56 per cent), illness (54 per cent) and physical deterioration (54 per cent) worry us most.
But 43 per cent are nervous they'll be lonely and 52 per cent are concerned they won't be able to look after themselves.
Four in ten people are also worried about having no money. Indeed, only 53 per cent have plans in place for a pension, and just 45 per cent have a savings account or retirement fund in place.
A spokesman for Engage Mutual, which carried out the study, said: 'Ageing is a natural process and we can all recognise physical and attitudinal changes in ourselves as we get older.
'What is interesting is the general expectation across age groups that someone in the “older” age bracket will look and behave in a particular way.'
He added: 'We know there are serious issues as we approach old age, in that we can run out of time to prepare ourselves to meet the potential physical, mental and financial challenges. But it doesn't have to be bad news. Some describe the years over 50 as the best in their lives so far.'
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