Think You're Not Getting Old? You Are If You Do These Things

Think You're Not Getting Old? You Are If You Do These Things

Drinking Sherry? Hate noise? Well, let's just say you're not in your 20's. 

By Marianne Garvey

You may not be able to move your forehead, but like it or not, time is still moving forward. You’re aging, despite how amazing you look.

And there are signs. No, your smooth neck or plump lips won’t give you away, your attitude and behaviors will.

A funny new study by Future You has found there are specific “tells” you are getting older, like forgetting someone’s name, or groaning when you bend over.

Falling asleep in front of the TV? That’s another one, along with needing an afternoon nap, and choosing comfortable clothes over stylish ones.

Sitting cross-legged? Forget it, it’s impossible for you unless you’re a yogi. Constant complaining, getting a buzz instead of getting drunk, and loving board games are all on the list of this way to elderly land.

A spokesman for the study says, “It’s fascinating to see nearly half the nation considers joint pain and stiffness a sign of growing age,” and they are, but most people were shocked to learn the other signs were considered signs of aging.

The common age adults typically start exhibiting these signs is 41, with 57 the point at which people consider they are “officially old.” Among the most common fears with aging were becoming lonely and losing their looks.

On a positive note, most of those asked felt younger than their actual age. Around 40, most people asked had begun to make changes to their diet, exercise more, and had either quit or slowed down drinking and smoking.

According to the survey, here are the top 50 signs you’re old:

1. Forgetting people's names

2. Losing hair

3. Feeling stiff

4. Talking a lot about your joints/ailments

5. Groaning when you bend down

6. Not knowing any songs in the top ten

7. Misplacing your glasses/bag/car keys

8. Getting more hairy - ears, eyebrows, nose, face 

9. Avoid lifting heavy things due to back concerns

10. Saying "in my day"

11. Finding it tricky to sit cross-legged on the floor

12. Hating noisy pubs

13. Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort rather than style

14. Falling asleep in front of the TV every night

15. Thinking policemen/teachers/doctors look really young

16. Falling ill more often

17. Saying "it wasn't like that when I was young"

18. Complaining about more things

19. Needing an afternoon nap

20. Feeling tired the moment you wake up

21. Struggling to use technology

22. Finding you have no idea what 'young people' are talking about

23. Having colleagues who are so young they don't know what a cassette tape is

24. Losing touch with everyday technology such as tablets and TVs

25. Complaining about the bad shows on television these days

26. Spending time comparing illnesses and injuries with friends

27. Your friends are all ill more often

28. Not knowing or remembering the name of any modern bands

29. You consider going on a 'no children' cruise for a holiday

30. You know your alcohol limit

31. Struggling to think of anything worse than going to a music festival

32. Never going out without your coat

33. Putting everyday items in the wrong place

34. You move from music to talk radio

35. You start driving very slowly

36. You struggle to lose weight easily

37. Buying a smart phone but having no idea how to do anything other than make phone calls on it

38. You want a cup of tea/coffee

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

40. Falling asleep after one glass of wine

41. Feeling you have the right to tell people exactly what you are thinking, even if it isn't polite

42. You like getting asked for ID

43. Paying by cash or cheque rather than using your card

44. Preferring a night in with a board game than a night on the town

45. Being told off for politically incorrect opinions

46. Joining the National Trust

47. Your ears are getting bigger

48. Preferring a Sunday walk to a lie in

49. You think, “maybe I'll drive instead of drink”

50. Drinking sherry

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