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35 is the new 40: economic worries bring earlier middle age
Telegraph (UK) ^ | January 12, 2010

Posted on 01/12/2010 1:52:00 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian

Worries about the economy and healthcare are pushing people into middle age earlier, making 35 the new 40, according to a new report.

While 40 was once widely considered the milestone that defined middle age, this has been lowered to 35, according to research by the Philips Center for Health and Well-Being.

"Thirty five is the new 40 as Americans feel the pressures of middle age earlier than ever," the Amsterdam-based centre said in a statement.

Katy Hartley, the director of the centre, which aims to improve quality of life, said stress about the economy and healthcare that you would typically associate with turning 40 is starting at a younger age.

"The data suggests the new age for middle age is 35," she said in an interview.

Nearly 80 per cent of 35 year olds questioned for the Philips Index said they were concerned about the economy, and three-quarters were also worried about healthcare. These stresses, according to the study, have contributed to an apparent early onset of middle age and the loss of five years of youth.

The report showed the economy topped the list of stressors for most Americans, at 74 per cent, which was nearly double the results of a 2004 survey.

A nearly equal amount said they felt positive about their overall health and well-being.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: aging; economy; health; recession; stress

1 posted on 01/12/2010 1:52:00 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian
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To: Cheap_Hessian

40 is middle aged? Darn. I was hoping it was 65.


2 posted on 01/12/2010 1:53:19 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Huh? I thought 60 was the new 40....


3 posted on 01/12/2010 1:57:22 AM PST by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: john drake

Maybe after a number of these studies, someone will average them and find out that 40 is the new 40.


4 posted on 01/12/2010 2:03:27 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian (I am the Grim FReeper.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

hahaha Prob’ly connected to their lovely health care system. They need to trim the life expectancy to save some bucks, lowered expectation propaganda. :p


5 posted on 01/12/2010 2:38:48 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Irenic
35 as middle age, that's being optimistic, stress kills........
6 posted on 01/12/2010 2:52:48 AM PST by Dem Guard
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To: Cheap_Hessian
You have just lost 5 years off your life since January 20, 2009

Welcome to the change.

7 posted on 01/12/2010 2:54:44 AM PST by TYVets (Let's Roll!!! The leadership of the GOP has no spine and no guts, but we conservatives do)
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To: TYVets

Excellent post!


8 posted on 01/12/2010 2:58:19 AM PST by Tax-chick (May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.)
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To: hsalaw

It’s always 10 years older than my age.


9 posted on 01/12/2010 3:58:30 AM PST by GnuHere
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To: Cheap_Hessian

This is all so confusing.


10 posted on 01/12/2010 4:20:44 AM PST by Overtaxed Patriot (Lock and load.)
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To: hsalaw

I’m the oldest I’ve ever been.


11 posted on 01/12/2010 4:30:53 AM PST by Blackirish
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Hmm...but I thought 26 was the new 18 - the age at which one is considered to be an “adult” Not a lot of time in between, is there?


12 posted on 01/12/2010 5:30:13 AM PST by Mygirlsmom ($4,000 a night for the Obama vacation and all we got was a lousy terrorist attack.)
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13 posted on 01/12/2010 8:15:34 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: GnuHere
It’s always 10 years older than my age.

Exactly. LOL

14 posted on 01/12/2010 8:58:31 AM PST by retrokitten
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15 posted on 01/12/2010 11:17:39 AM PST by CSM (The only reason a conservative should reach across the aisle is to slap a little sense into a lib!)
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To: CSM

I’m going to be 50 this year; I should be out of the ‘work force’ by the time I’m 55 at the very latest, no matter how badly 0bama wants to ruin the economy and the workforce.

I would’ve been out of the workforce at age 35, but I made a few STUPID man-related mistakes in my youth, LOL!


16 posted on 01/12/2010 5:25:59 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian; qam1; fieldmarshaldj
"Thirty five is the new 40 as Americans feel the pressures of middle age earlier than ever,"

Speaking as a 33 going on 34, I can tell you that a key reason is that those of us who were born in the 1970s are WAY outnumbered by both the boomers above us and the GenYers/Millenials that came after us. Its kinda sad that once we are hitting our stride, our neighborhoods and places of employment are INVADED by all of these folks who were born in the 1980s. Sometimes, I wish all of you folks who were popping out babies in the 1980s and 1990s would have thought twice and used the pill more often. What narcissistic, entitled a--holes you have raised!

17 posted on 01/12/2010 5:39:44 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Had I had my s—t together in my 20s, I would have been ruling the world right now. My wakeup call hit at 30, and I am the better for it, though I still envy those who are focused and have things together in their late teens/20s. I have found, however, that such folks are rarer and rarer with each generation.


18 posted on 01/12/2010 5:46:24 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Clemenza

You are miles ahead of many others. I was hoping to beat my Dad’s retirement age of 53...and that still might happen, but I’ll be happy with 55. :)

And by ‘retired’ that doesn’t mean I’ll just hang out in my pink robe and fuzzy slippers and Freep all day, LOL!

I’ll always be productive in one way or another until the day I die. I can’t imagine living any other way. :)


19 posted on 01/12/2010 5:50:01 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: Clemenza

Great, now I’m middle-aged. Somebody shoot me now.


20 posted on 01/12/2010 6:26:41 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

For you, 55 will be the new 18!


21 posted on 01/13/2010 5:39:11 AM PST by CSM (The only reason a conservative should reach across the aisle is to slap a little sense into a lib!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Oh! Bite me! (not you, personally) I am so sick of people my age whining, “I’m old. I’m so old.” Especially when their parents are out having the time of their lives and not whining.


22 posted on 01/13/2010 6:57:59 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: CSM

LOL! I hope so. I feel like I have a new lease on life now that my back problems of last week are over.

Would it create too much of a scandal if I traded Husband in for two 25 year old strapping young Cabana Boys? There’s going to be a lot of work to be done on this farm in the next few years, LOL!


23 posted on 01/13/2010 7:01:54 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Glad to hear that you are feeling better.


24 posted on 01/13/2010 7:38:19 AM PST by CSM (The only reason a conservative should reach across the aisle is to slap a little sense into a lib!)
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To: Clemenza

No one have their shit together in their 20’s. And I am saying this as a 26 years old male.


25 posted on 01/13/2010 10:17:48 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: Cheap_Hessian

My first kid was born when I was 35, so I hardly felt “middle age” then.


26 posted on 01/13/2010 10:19:29 AM PST by dfwgator
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