New UK study seems to indicate you’re as old as you feel


A new study tries to uncover the exact time when middle and old age begins. Chris Davidson brings us the story.



Middle age begins at 40 years, eight months and 14 days. Old age begins at 59 years, two months and 14 days. That’s the finding of a newly released study by the UK government.

Gerontologist, Dr. Dan Van Dussen, says the onset of middle or old age is hard to pinpoint.

 I think it all depends on how you see yourself

Van Dussen says it’s all about perception.

 In gerontology we talk about internal versus external age. Internal age is how old you feel. External age is more how old you appear to others and somewhere in there you define how you are in age relative to others.

We asked a few Northeastern Ohio residents about when they think middle age and old age begin.

I’m 41 and I believe middle age starts now. Old age, senior age starts at 70-75. 

I’m 53 years old. I think middle age begins around 55 and old age is about 70.

47. Middle age? Hmm … 55. Old age – 65.

The body’s 75, the mind is 18.

The survey shows the older you get, the later you think old age begins.

The study was released by the Department for Work and Pensions, which is handling welfare reform in the United Kingdom.

For, I’m Chris Davidson.