But don’t worry, the survey also found that most people (83%) think you’re only as old as you feel.
Signs as you get old
We asked 2,000 people what they thought were the signs of getting old and identified a total of 50.
How do you rate against the 50 signs? Count how many apply to you and find out if you’re “getting on a bit”.
Top 50 signs you’re knocking on a bit
- Feeling stiff
- Groaning when you bend down
- Saying “it wasn’t like that when I was young”
- Saying “in my day”
- Losing head hair
- You don’t know any songs in the top ten
- Getting more hairy – ears, eyebrows, nose, face etc
- Hating noisy pubs
- Talking a lot about joints / ailments
- Forgetting people’s names
- Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort rather than style
- Thinking policemen / teachers / doctors look really young
- Falling asleep in front of the TV
- Needing an afternoon nap
- Finding you have no idea what young people are talking about
- Struggling to use technology
- Losing touch with everyday technology such as tablets and televisions
- When you start complaining about more things
- Wearing your glasses around your neck
- Not remembering the name of any modern bands
- You avoid lifting heavy things due to back concerns
- Complaining about the rubbish on television these days
- Misplacing your glasses / bag / keys etc
- You move from Radio one to Radio Two
- You start driving very slowly
- Preferring a night in with a board game than a night on the town
- Taking a keen interest in The Antiques Road Show
- You talk to colleagues who are so young they don’t know what an Opal Fruit is
- Taking slippers to friend’s houses
- Listening to the Archers
- Falling asleep after one glass of wine
- Never going out without your coat
- Getting bed socks for Christmas and being very grateful
- When you can’t lose six pounds in two days any more
- Gasping for a cup of tea
- Taking a flask of tea or coffee on a day out
- Joining the WI
- Taking a keen interest in the garden
- Spending more money on face creams / anti-ageing products
- Spending money on the home / furniture rather than a night on the town
- Taking a keen interest in dressing for the weather
- Putting everyday items in the wrong place
- Obsessive gardening or bird feeding
- Really enjoying puzzles and crosswords
- Always driving in the slow lane, or below 70 in the middle lane
- Consider going on a ‘no children’ cruise for a holiday
- Your ears are getting bigger
- Joining the National Trust
- Drinking sherry
- Feeling you have the right to tell people exactly what you are thinking even if it isn’t polite.
1 – 20 Phew. You’ve still got it. Keep up the good work and you’ll stave off becoming old before your time.
20 – 35 You’re on the cusp. It’s time to either give in to the inevitable or start kicking over the traces.
35 – 50 You’re definitely showing signs of getting on a bit. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of life left in you yet.
When are you old?
Most of the 2,000 surveyed didn’t think there’s a set age when someone becomes “old”. Over a quarter thought you’re only old when you get to 71.
What age do you consider to be old?
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