“For many people, 70 is the new 50 and signifies the quiet revolution that has taken place in longevity.
In many cases old age now starts at 74, with middle age lasting at least nine years longer than current estimates.
Thanks to the marvels of medical science, our parents are living longer than ever before.
While the overall population of India will grow by 40% between 2006 and 2050, the population of those aged 60 and above will increase by 270%.
The 60 plus population is all set to rise to 240 million from the current 110 million by 2050.
The current definition for seniors
In most part of the developing world the age of 60, roughly equivalent to the retirement age is said to be the beginning of old age. At the moment there is no United Nations standard numerical criterion, but the UN agreed to refer 60+ years as the senior population.
The new definition for seniors
However a new study argues that today's 65-year-old seniors are healthier, less dependent on others and more prepared for ageing than the those of the previous generation.
Senior population can be divided into three life-stage subgroups:
Stereotyping and grouping all above 60 years as old does not apply in the current scenario.
Old age can be similarly hard to define, given that people age at different rates, and with different effects.
Early old age is a pleasant time: children are grown, retirement from work, time to pursue interests. By taking up a second career or even simple activities like gardening, photography, learning a new language etc. and engaging their minds on learning something new they can successfully delay the rate at which they age.
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