What is “old” anyway? | Minnesotans on aging

What is “old” anyway? | Minnesotans on aging

We’ve talked about the societal stigmas surrounding aging in What’s the point of living if no one wants to f#ck you? and we talked about the disruptors developing tech to make it a better experience in Why eldercare is the most important tech sector. But how do people actually feel about aging? What do people actually think about growing up and growing old? To an a kid in elementary school, college is eons away. To a teen, 30 seems so old. To someone in their 60’s, 30 is just the beginning of life, and they themselves still have so much more of it to live. So… WTF does old really mean? “I don’t know, like 35?” Cara, 15, says. “When you have a good job and can’t go out anymore.” Ann, 19, thinks for a moment. “When I hit 50,” she says, “I think I’ll start to feel really old.” “72,” Sam, 31, says. “Everyone else is wrong. It’s 72.” So it’s determined only by age? “Of course.” Ahmed, 24, says, “How close you are to death, right? The more years you have lived. It’s that simple.” Apryl, 29, describes it as fluid as per the individual. “The older you get the more it changes to avoid being the old person,” she laughs. “Maybe 55? That’s when everyone around you will call you old.” “And,” she adds, “when you start to get the good deals before death.” Like at Perkins? Where 55 is the starting point for senior discounts? “Yeah I remember my grandpa getting those,” Lisa, 32, says. “It’s crazy to think that I’m over halfway there.” “55?” Jake (who goes...