Survey Debunks Young People’s Fears About Aging

Younger and older woman holding an hourglass
Survey Debunks Young People’s Fears About Aging

As much as we try to advance our society, there are still some fears that are so deeply human and true for most of us, that we just can’t escape them. Like the fear of aging, for example. To help youngsters deal with the common misconceptions about aging, A Place For Mom, a senior living referral service, decided to conduct a study. They surveyed over 2,000 young people aged between 16 and 34 to find their common beliefs about growing old. They then took the results and fact-checked them with existing studies. Here’s what they found…

What it Means to Be Old

Millennial men considered 56 as “old,” while women chose 61, making the average definition of old for millennials to be 59. What researchers found is that many misconceptions about old people relate to self-perception. Millennials think that seniors don’t feel good in their skin, while studies show people’s satisfaction with their physical appearance peaks in their 70s and 80s.

Millennials Think Aging Means Losing Tech Abilities

A group of millennials sitting on a bench each holding a laptop or a phone, talking to each other
Survey Debunks Young People’s Fears About Aging

Over half of millennials (55%) think that the level of tech-savviness decreases as people age. That’s factually incorrect. Around 67% of senior Americans use the internet daily, and more than half of them have broadband internet at home. What is more, over 70% of elderly people are on Facebook every day!

An elderly couple with the man wearing VR glasses
Survey Debunks Young People’s Fears About Aging

Seniors Don’t Lose Sense of Adventure

Contrary to what many millennials believe, older people don’t lose their spirit of adventure and travel. Adults over 50 actually go on as many trips as Gen X, and most of their travels are for pleasure (a.k.a. leisure trips). Where do you think all that retirement money goes? Challenging the way young people perceive aging is a great way to change the way they see adults and how they interact with them. It’s also a great reminder that every age comes with its perks and experiences.

An elderly couple hiking in the mountains
Survey Debunks Young People’s Fears About Aging