When does a person start feeling that he has become old?

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  1. Kevin Peter profile image61
    Kevin Peterposted 8 years ago

    When does a person start feeling that he has become old?

    Is his/her physical features or mental feelings make him/her think so?


  2. Renee Abbott profile image82
    Renee Abbottposted 8 years ago

    I just turned 62 last month, and I still feel energetic as when I was in my 20's and 30's, and my mind is still thirsty to learn, so I have decided age is just a number. At 62, I am older, some what wiser and filled with life.

  3. sam3m profile image59
    sam3mposted 8 years ago

    the saying that you're only as old as you feel holds up until you're about 40.  after that, things are pretty much downhill. 
    you nay sayers may disagree but there signs which appear to usher in your declining years.
    you can't get up from a seat without making some sort of grunt.  your conversations with you significant other tend to be about bodily functions rather than amorous pursuits.
    you hear the term "that's to be expected at your age" more often than is comfortable.
    but fear not.  old age is coming.  deal with it.

  4. aviannovice profile image87
    aviannoviceposted 8 years ago

    My thoughts are that a person is old when they begin to lose their imagination.  Age is inherently a state of mind, and once it begins, it only increases.  People can have health problems at any age, but when the mind takes over in worrying about it, then it happens.

  5. suzettenaples profile image90
    suzettenaplesposted 8 years ago

    That's a good question.  I think as long as you stay young at heart you will never really 'feel old' even though chronologically you might be old.  I've known 90 and 100 year olds that were spry, had energy, laughed a lot, with a great attitude and were young at heart.  I come from a family that is very young at heart.  No one acts their chronological age or what society says we should act at those ages - we are all vigorous and passionate about life.  The thing is to maintain your curiosity and love of life and be young at heart and I think there is no reason to feel old.  I don't feel my age at all and that's a good thing in my opinion.

  6. Mekenzie profile image74
    Mekenzieposted 8 years ago

    There is wisdom in acceptance.  As we age we may feel aches and pains - so what?  We may have others make derogatory remarks in jest - usually the young and foolish - BUT age is NOT a bad thing - it is the opposite - another 'season' of life. 
    It is a time one gathers up a lifetime of lessons and uses them to encourage, uplift, instruct and share wisdom to those wise enough to sit under its counsel.
    It is a season when the kids are grown and on their own, it is a time when demands and commitments are less. 
    It is a time when we learn what is important in life and choose what we will invest our time in ... rather than being pushed around by the busyness of life. It is a time to evaluate what we want to leave behind. 
    Feeling old is a choice - choosing to live in thankfulness and appreciation for each day puts the 'feeling old' in the back seat.  In acceptance lies peace.  smile

  7. Diana Lee profile image80
    Diana Leeposted 8 years ago

    I think it depends on how we feel.  Achy bones and fatigue can make you feel old at a any age. Some days I feel a hundred and look like it. Other days I'm back to chasing the memories of my youth and feel like I haven't aged at all.  Old is a state of mind.  It has no an age.

  8. Nellieanna profile image73
    Nellieannaposted 8 years ago

    I don't know. At 81, it's not happened to me yet.  :-)

    I've seen it happen to others from their 30s and onward.  It was surely a combination of some physical signals and how they interpreted those; or else, just of expectations that at a certain age, it's obligatory to feel old.  I think of being me every day and I don't feel old.

    1. aviannovice profile image87
      aviannoviceposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You rock on, Nellieanna.  Don't ever give in to "age", and you will always retain that youthful glow.  Coffee and candy don't hurt, either.

    2. Nellieanna profile image73
      Nellieannaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Deb.  I love coffee and dark chocolate.  Everything in moderation - well, almost everything.  Tee hee.  I'm going for no less that 100 and intend to be healthy, so it is wise to make good choices.

    3. aviannovice profile image87
      aviannoviceposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'll be right there with ya!

  9. alancaster149 profile image81
    alancaster149posted 8 years ago

    You're old when you think you've done everything, got nothing else to learn and can't remember what you had for breakfast this morning.
    I make things easy for myself in the last respect, it's the old standby, 'Kippers for breakfast on Sunday', boiled eggs Tuesday and Thursday and Sausage, Bacon and Tomatoes the rest of the week - that leaves me with room in my brain to plan and create.
    When I'm not working on my Hub pages, adding or editing to/on the book(s) or working on my railway modelling i'm listening to my cd's or watching dvd's. From time to time I make time to go up into Epping Forest (walking half or most of the way from Loughton Underground). Sometimes I get up North to see friends and family.
    I'm busy from the time I get up until when i go to bed, feel the odd twinge, but that's to be expected in 66 years.

  10. liesl5858 profile image88
    liesl5858posted 8 years ago

    It depends on the individual as we all have different bodies. Some of us age faster and some of us doesn't seem to age at all. It also depends on how we look at life. I believe that life is too short so I will make the best of it by not thinking oh I am too old. For me I think I feel old when I can't move about anymore.

  11. carol7777 profile image86
    carol7777posted 8 years ago

    They say you are as old as you feel.  However, I feel young but I know I am not.  We change so gradually it is often hard to remember what we looked like five years ago. Some people are old at 40 and others not until  90.

  12. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
    DzyMsLizzyposted 8 years ago

    I've always said, "Age is a state of mind, and it's just a number." 
    I think we grow old when we stop learning new things; we grow old when we lose interest; we grow old when we forget how to laugh.

    That said, there are days when I look in the mirror, and say, "Who the HELL are YOU, and what did you do with ME?"

    There are days when I say, "I think I'll do this activity, and my body says, "You talkin' to ME???!!  No?  Good!  I didn't think so!"

    Coming off of a recent surgery and trying to do my rehabilitation exercises, given that the repair was for an injury of long-standing, I'm finding very tough; then I feel old.

    Watching a comedy; laughing over old memories of practical jokes played years back--I may as well still be only 16.

    It really is about attitude and mood.  Smile--it keeps you young.

  13. profile image48
    Shellysoonposted 8 years ago

    When you start losing your stamina, your health takes a down turn and/or if your mental health is affected.  It happens slowly, over time and suddenly one day you realize that you can't do what you used to do.

  14. JKPenn profile image67
    JKPennposted 8 years ago

    You start feeling old when fashion trends you remember wearing back in the day start making a "comeback" and when you start hating any new music that comes out. I especially feel old when I repeat some of my parents' habits or whenever I say some outdated slang like "fly" or "off the chain". Lol : )


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