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What age is now considered middle aged?

  1. Victoria Lynn profile image90
    Victoria Lynnposted 6 years ago

    What age is now considered middle aged?

    How significantly has this age changed over the years?

  2. My Minds Eye53 profile image59
    My Minds Eye53posted 6 years ago

    I think it may be up to 102 now, but that I may think that way because I am old now.  I am 58 and I will always be middle age no matter how old I get.  That's the story I am sticking to.

  3. flashmakeit profile image67
    flashmakeitposted 6 years ago

    The United States Census  believe a middle age person is between 35 to 54.

    1. fiftyish profile image59
      fiftyishposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      So at 55 in the USA, you are considered old-age? Because that is what follows middle-age. Life expectancy has almost doubled in the last 100 years. So it's a bit harsh in 2012 for anyone in the industrialised world to be considered 'old' at 55 yrs.

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      Gusserposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Middle Age fits my discription as suchP: "Too young for medicare, yet too old for girls or men to care."

    3. flashmakeit profile image67
      flashmakeitposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Don't worry Collins dictionary define middle between the ages of 40 and 60.

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    Gusserposted 6 years ago

    I wrote a hub called the Four seasons & what they teach about life. That is still my answer.

  5. fpherj48 profile image77
    fpherj48posted 6 years ago

    Did someone say, "middle-aged?"  If we all get to decide what we each think is considered middle-age....I will say 70-ish.  Of course, my idea of midlle-age has continually gone up a few years.....as the years go by. 
    On a serious note, with medical science keeping people alive a whole lot longer, I suppose this monster called, "middle-age," has shifted a bit.  Can't age just be a state of mind?  Can we be allowed to give our age in terms of how we feel?  What sort of life we live?  ......Victoria, I just decided this is a very depressing question.

  6. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image95
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 6 years ago

    I agree with fpherj - this question is depressing.  Middle age used to be 35 or so; but it's gotten way older.  Maybe it's a state of mind more than a number.

  7. LaThing profile image74
    LaThingposted 6 years ago

    I will say 50ish".... Hoping to live till 100 at least! lol
    So, I consider myself young still, haven't reached that 50 yet. smile

    1. fiftyish profile image59
      fiftyishposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Did you know LaThing, that around 50% of all babies born in the industrialised world in year 2012, can expect to reach 100 years of age?  I heard this a few weeks ago on a TV program. So this really does make 50ish the middle or middle-age ;-)

  8. robie2 profile image96
    robie2posted 6 years ago

    Why Fifty is not the new Forty. A Fortieth birthday may be the technical start of middle age, but fifty is where mortality really kicks in and you learn who you really are. read more

  9. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years ago

    26 years ago my then 47 year old husband looked in the mirror, sighed and said:  "Well, I guess I'm halfway there".  It was his birthday.  He died three months later.  We had no idea he was loaded with cancer.

    So, my answer is...who really knows?

  10. Fennelseed profile image69
    Fennelseedposted 6 years ago

    It's funny because I guess at 52 years I should now consider myself as middle aged and yet I feel like I am now coming of age. Life has somehow got a whole lot better on this side of fifty. The responses are all interesting and all relevant to each person.

  11. chivs86 profile image80
    chivs86posted 6 years ago

    I would say 40 being that it's the average between 35 and 45 in the idea that most people will live to an age between 70 and 90.  Your question is interesting one though considering all these advancements in science and I don't how right this is, but the idea of every new generation being born to a more durable body.

  12. bankscottage profile image94
    bankscottageposted 6 years ago

    Now that I am 55, I guess it is whatever age I am.  It will change as I age.  Old age will come when my kids realize they are middle age.

  13. geetika iyer profile image73
    geetika iyerposted 6 years ago

    "To each his own".
    I think it is when you feel that you are now living your life more through your kids life and that your world is now centered around them. This could be different for different folks.

  14. Angie Jardine profile image81
    Angie Jardineposted 6 years ago

    At 63 I now consider myself to be in late middle-age ...

    Is it cheating to qualify middle-age with early, middle and late? If so, I'm guilty ...

  15. deepateresa profile image83
    deepateresaposted 6 years ago

    It Is the age after the younger/adult, but before old age. Middle aged people shows signs of aging like graying of hair, losing skin smoothness etc. And hence it will range from person to person. It can be roughly considered between 40 and 60.

  16. fiftyish profile image59
    fiftyishposted 5 years ago

    As a 50ish guy in the know, the actual period for middle-aged spans from age 45 to 65. Before 45, we're still considered relatively young, but after 65, the term 'old age' or 'pensioner' replaces those 20 years of mid-life.

    1. fiftyish profile image59
      fiftyishposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The NEW Middle-age!

      A BBC NEWS program reported that middle age now begins at 55 years, that's according to a survey published in September, 2012. Like I said in an earlier reply, this will have something to do with longevity.
      Previously, middle-ag

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    Starmom41posted 5 years ago

    I guess it's kinda like the saying "middle-age is ten years older than you happen to be"  lol

    1. robie2 profile image96
      robie2posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      or ten years younger:-)

  18. pstraubie48 profile image87
    pstraubie48posted 5 years ago

    It all depends on who you ask...ten years ago I might have said a different age than I do now...it all depends on where I am on the age spectrum how I will answer....  big_smile

  19. suzettenaples profile image90
    suzettenaplesposted 5 years ago

    I have been middle-aged for a long time.  As I get older each year, middle-age extends another year.  LOL

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    anusha22posted 5 years ago

    ya after 40 years....i'll consider as middle age

  21. Louise Lately profile image69
    Louise Latelyposted 5 years ago

    It's all about how old one feels inside. Some people may never get there whilst some get there prematurely I believe.

  22. Samith Jhon profile image63
    Samith Jhonposted 5 years ago

    Middle age is from 35-40 to 60-65 with old age starting at 65. These are the usual ages; some people may complain about the ranges but it's of no real meaning as there is no accepted objective measure.

    1. Louise Lately profile image69
      Louise Latelyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      35! Wow I don't have that far to go then! eeeek!!!

  23. ptrguy profile image60
    ptrguyposted 5 years ago

    It doesn’t really matter, the main thing is to keep a youthful mindset. You are as old as you think are and feel or as young as you think you feel, so always have a young at heart attitude. I teach tennis in japan, were I see 12 year old kids going on 40, because their brains are on information overload with worry and stress, so thats a good place to start, get rid of all your worry,fear,and stress to stay young in your mind. This will result in you feeling young throughout your life!

  24. pandyads profile image60
    pandyadsposted 4 years ago

    id you know LaThing, that around 50% of all babies born in the industrialised world in year 2012, can expect to reach 100 years of age? I heard this a few weeks ago on a TV program. So this really does make 50ish the middle or middle-age ;-)

  25. Kevin Peter profile image71
    Kevin Peterposted 4 years ago

    I think the middle age is between 30 to 50.

  26. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 23 months ago


    Middle age used to begin when a person reaches 40.  Now, 40 is considered to be the latter stage of young adulthood.  Presently, one is middle aged when one reaches 50.