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The secret’s out – life actually begins at 60

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The average person thinks you are officially old at the age of 66. However, what the younger generation do not realise is 60-somethings are happier than their younger counterparts, feel financially and physically fitter and take more holidays, according to a new report by LV=.

 

The definition of what is old is different for every age group. According to the research, no one thinks they themselves are old; 18-19 year old teens say 44 is old while 40-somethings balk at this and say 67 is when you are actually old. Those in their 50s think you're over the hill at 71 years old while those in their 60s think you're past it at 73.

 

The research also shows the older we get, the younger we feel. While those in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s generally feel their age (27, 32, 40 and 46 respectively), 60-somethings say on average they feel younger than they actually are at an average of 52 years old. Those in their 70s feel, on average just 58 years old.

 

Ray Chinn of LV= comments, "Forget the old adage of life begins at 40, it seems to begin at 60 instead. While the younger generation think those in their 60s are officially old, they could probably learn a thing or two. 60-somethings say they feel the happiest and the most financially fit of any age group. They feel physically fitter than those in their 40s or 50s."

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