Generation Z shows at what age they consider someone old

Gen-Z has revealed what age they think old age represents.

In a recent study commissioned by Wellsoon of the Practice Plus Group, researchers asked a total of 2,000 adults about generational differences, specifically those between Gen Z, born between 1997 and 2012, and baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964. According to Uit de results show that people under 27 are under the impression that old age doesn’t really begin until the late 1950s, with 20 percent believing that retirement involves spending your days relaxing in an armchair, while 16 percent think it consists of tinkering around .

On the other hand, Boomers believe the opposite. The results show that two-thirds of Boomer-age participants think they feel younger than they are, arguing that 60 is the new 40. Some attribute their active lifestyle to maintaining their youthful spirit.

Data shows that boomers are the most active of all generations. They spend an average of four more hours outside of work outside of work, unlike their young adult and millennial counterparts. According to the survey, 56 percent of Boomer participants said they spent time exercising, while only 39 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 27 said the same.

In addition to being outdoors, Boomers are more likely to travel and explore exotic new locations, likely a benefit of retirement or settling into their careers.

“Older generations are extremely active, and many older people are more active than some of their younger friends and family members,” a Wellsoon spokesperson said in a press release. “Almost half of young people say they are too busy with work and too tired, which prevents them from being more active.”

They continued: “Older people are making the most of their retirement and have reached an age where they feel good about themselves and value their bodies and their health.”

Despite claims of feeling more youthful and active, 37 percent of Boomer survey participants admitted they would be more active if it weren’t for ongoing health problems and chronic joint pain. However, they also noted that it made them appreciate their bodies more. 80 percent say that by age 38 they have developed a greater appreciation for their body’s ability to function.

“We have always known that people who come to us for hip and knee replacements and hernia repairs do not do so to get back into their armchairs,” the spokesperson added. “They want to dance, cycle, walk, they want to swim on holiday and run around in the park with their grandchildren.”

Because Boomers have a penchant for active lifestyles and a refreshingly positive outlook on aging, both Millennials and Gen-Z could benefit from the older generation learning a thing or two about work-life balance.