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Forever Young? Report Reveals Top 50 Tell-Tale Signs You're Getting Old

Update Date: Jun 18, 2013 05:46 PM EDT
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People often say age is just a number and that a person is only as old as they feel. And while most of us like to think we're young or at least young at heart, researchers have recently revealed a list of 50 signs of aging that might just snap some of us "old people" back to reality.

Some of the things on the top of the aging list include feeling stiff, grunting when you bend down and starting your stories with "In my day" or "It wasn't like that when I was young," according to an article by the Daily Mail.

The latest report revealed that people tend to feel older if their understanding of technology starts to wane, either by finding it difficult to use it or losing touch with more modern inventions like tablets or digital TV options. People also start to choose comfort over fashion when they get older, according to the survey.

However, most of the 2,000 people surveyed said they didn't feel there was a set age at which someone becomes "old".  About eight out of ten survey respondents believe that someone is only as old as they feel and 76 percent say they intend to enjoy their youth for as long as possible.

Researchers found that 58 percent of respondents said they were worried about getting old.  The survey also revealed some of the characteristics of aging that we feared most. Researchers found that 56 percent worried about losing their memory, 54 percent worried about illness and 54 percent worry about physical deterioration.  However, 43 percent of respondents worry they'll be lonely and 52 percent are concerned they won't be able to take care of themselves. Around four in ten people worry about not having enough money, and only 53 percent of people have plans in place for a pension and just 45 percent have a saving account or retirement fund in place, according to the survey conducted by Engage Mutual.

"Aging is a natural process and we can all recognize physical and attitudinal changes in ourselves as we get older," a spokesman for Engage Mutual said, according to the Daily Mail.

"What is interesting is the general expectation across age groups that someone in the 'older' age bracket will look and behave in a particular way," he said. "We know there are serious issues as we approach old age, in that we can run out of time to prepare ourselves to meet the potential physical, mental and financial challenges. But it doesn't have to be bad news. Some describe the years over 50 as the best in their lives so far."

Top 50 Signs of Aging

1.     Feeling Stiff

2.     Groaning when you bend down

3.     Saying "It wasn't like that when I was young"

4.     Saying "In my day"

5.     Losing hair

6.     Not knowing any songs in the top ten list

7.     Getting hairy ears, eyebrows, nose, face etc.

8.     Hating noisy bars

9.     Complaining a lot about joints and illnesses

10. Forgetting people's names

11. Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort, rather than style

12. Thinking policemen, teachers and doctors look young

13. Falling asleep in front of the TV

14. Needing an afternoon nap

15. Having no clue what young people are talking about

16. Having difficulties using technology

17. Losing touch with everyday technology like tablets and televisions

18. Complaining about more things

19. Wearing your glasses around your neck

20. Not remembering the name of any modern bands

21. You try not to lift heaving things because you might hurt your back

22. Complaining of the trash on television these days

23. Always forgetting where you left your glasses, purse, keys

24. Switching from pop radio to classical or oldies radio

25. You start driving very slowly

26. Preferring a night in to a night out

27. Becoming interested in The Antiques Road Show

28. You get disappointed because your work colleagues don't know what Opal Fruit is

29. You take slippers to a friend's house

30. You listen to the Archers

31. Falling asleep after drinking one glass of wine

32. Never going out without your coat

33. Getting bed socks for Christmas and liking it

34. Not being able to lose 6 pounds in two days

35. Craving a cup of tea

36. Taking a flask of tea or coffee on a day out

37. Joining the WI

38. Getting interested in gardening

39. Spending more money on face creams and anti-aging products

40. Spending money on the home or furniture rather than a night on the town

41. Always dressing for the weather

42. Putting everyday items in the wrong place

43. Obsessive gardening or bird feeding

44. Love your puzzles and crosswords

45. Always driving in the slow lane or at a slow pace in the middle lane

46. Thought about going on a "no children" cruise for a holiday

47. Your ears are bigger than you remembered them

48. Joining the National Trust

49. Drinking sherry

50. Feeling you have the right to tell people exactly what you think even if it isn't polite

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