In One Chart: Do you think I’m old? Don’t ask a millennial unless you’re prepared for this answer

Emily Dickinson once said, “Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought.”

Millennials would probably agree with her.

According to a recent survey by U.S. Trust, those born between 1981 and 1996 believe “old age” kicks in at 59 years old, a mere 19 years after they say youth ends. In other words, the transition time from young to old lasts less than two decades.

That certainly feels sudden. And not nearly gradual enough.

Here’s one chart that captures the results of the study, which surveyed more than 800 high-net-worth individuals of various age groups.

Feeling old?

As you can see, the other generations see old age starting much later in life.

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