Middle age now lasts until 74 as baby boomers refuse to grow old

MIDDLE-AGED MAN BLAH'G

Old age does not begin until 74, researchers suggest in a new report which looks at the real impact of an ageing population

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor

Collecting the state pension and bus pass at 65 has traditionally been seen as a watershed moment where middle age ends and the twilight years begin.

But new research suggests that old age now starts at 74, with middle age lasting at least nine years longer than current estimates.

Academics from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna, Austria, argue that old age should be measured not by age, but by how long people have left to live.

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