How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? Well, pick a number because a poll by the MetLife Mature Market Institute found that 60% of Americans believe "old" is something that happens at age 71. The flip side is that 65% want to be under age 40. That may reflect their understanding that "youth is wasted on the young."
Sandra Timmermann, Ed.D., director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute, observed:
The implications for workforce participation and social involvement will be far-reaching. As time goes on, changed attitudes will result in increased numbers of older people who will continue to work, to start their own businesses, or to join with younger generations to help meet community needs. No longer will there be social pressure to ‘hang it up’ at a certain age.