Top 50 signs you're knocking on a bit

Posted in: Wellbeing Last updated: 19 Jul 2013

How do you rate against the big top 50 signs of ageing according to our poll?
Do you feel stiffer, listen to Radio 2 and hate noisy pubs? Then you’re getting on a bit, according to our research.

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

  1. Feeling stiff
  2. Groaning when you bend down
  3. Saying “it wasn’t like that when I was young”
  4. Saying “in my day”
  5. Losing head hair
  6. You don’t know any songs in the top ten
  7. Getting more hairy – ears, eyebrows, nose, face etc
  8. Hating noisy pubs
  9. Talking a lot about joints / ailments
  10. Forgetting people’s names
  11. Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort rather than style
  12. Thinking policemen / teachers / doctors look really young
  13. Falling asleep in front of the TV
  14. Needing an afternoon nap
  15. Finding you have no idea what young people are talking about
  16. Struggling to use technology
  17. Losing touch with everyday technology such as tablets and televisions
  18. When you start complaining about more things
  19. Wearing your glasses around your neck
  20. Not remembering the name of any modern bands
  21. You avoid lifting heavy things due to back concerns
  22. Complaining about the rubbish on television these days
  23. Misplacing your glasses / bag / keys etc
  24. You move from Radio one to Radio Two
  25. You start driving very slowly
  26. Preferring a night in with a board game than a night on the town
  27. Taking a keen interest in The Antiques Road Show
  28. You talk to colleagues who are so young they don’t know what an Opal Fruit is
  29. Taking slippers to friend’s houses
  30. Listening to the Archers
  31. Falling asleep after one glass of wine
  32. Never going out without your coat
  33. Getting bed socks for Christmas and being very grateful
  34. When you can’t lose six pounds in two days any more
  35. Gasping for a cup of tea
  36. Taking a flask of tea or coffee on a day out
  37. Joining the WI
  38. Taking a keen interest in the garden
  39. Spending more money on face creams / anti-ageing products
  40. Spending money on the home / furniture rather than a night on the town
  41. Taking a keen interest in dressing for the weather
  42. Putting everyday items in the wrong place
  43. Obsessive gardening or bird feeding
  44. Really enjoying puzzles and crosswords
  45. Always driving in the slow lane, or below 70 in the middle lane
  46. Consider going on a ‘no children’ cruise for a holiday
  47. Your ears are getting bigger
  48. Joining the National Trust
  49. Drinking sherry
  50. 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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