Is 50 the New Perfect Age?

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If you could live forever in good health at a particular age, what age would you like to be? According to the participants in a new Harris Interactive poll, that magical number averaged out to about 50.

Johnny Depp, Vanessa Williams, Eric McCormack, Conan O’Brien, Mike Myers and Helen Hunt are all living the good life, according to the 2,252 American adults who were surveyed. The tally included men and women of all ages, geographical regions and political leanings.

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If we look at the votes by age and sex, we see that the younger participants chose a younger age, while women chose an older age in comparison to men. And those with children at home definitely preferred to be younger.

Although this is simply an online poll, it does shed a bit of light on the way the general public sees an age that was once considered “old.” As we know, 50 ain’t what it used to be with quinquagenarians (those in their 50s) defying the stereotypes once associated with middle age.

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The baby boomers are leading the charge in this new mindset with their young-at-heart attitude, interest in style and trends and dedication to staying physically fit (advancements in medicine, cosmetic surgery, and the explosion of the workout industry also help, too). Fifty is indeed fabulous. It’s an age in which you’ve acquired a lot of wisdom but still young enough to go out there and give ’r!


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