More Than Half of the Over 9 Million People in New Jersey Do Not Fear Growing Old
There’s an old saying, or maybe it’s just something I say, “Old is always ten years older than I am.” As long as I keep thinking that way then I’ll never get old.
It does feel that way though. I remember when I was in my twenties and a friend of mine was dating a 36-year-old woman. I remember thinking, “Wow, that’s old, I have a long way to go to get there.” Needless to say, 36 came and went many years ago and I still don’t think I’m old, although many would disagree.
Now at 55, I have no fear whatsoever of getting old. I enjoy my life as it is and when it’s done I think I’ll be happy with the life I lived. I guess it’s easy to say when I expect to live another 30 years or so.
That seems to be the findings of a new study by Forbes Health. 2000 adults in America were asked in a survey conducted by OnePoll. The study shows many interesting things, including that more than half of us do not fear getting old.
What we seem to fear the most is that our health may decline as we get older, but not fear aging itself. I think I fall into that group as well. I run every day and I realize that there will come a day when I can’t anymore. One of the key takeaways is that 63 percent of adults in the United States “consider the scariest aspect of aging to be a potential decline in health.”
When asked if they fear the aging process, 56 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 25 said they do. This is compared to 21 percent of adults aged 77 or older. The fear percentage decreases as the age group increases.
Some of the other fears studied in the survey include cancer, cognitive decline, deteriorating eyesight, weight gain, and hearing loss.
Check out the full study here.