"And it's not just us 'middle agers' that have changed the boundaries. While historically middle age began at 36, most people now, including the young, no longer think that middle age starts until we are well into our Fifties and all felt that being middle aged is in fact a state of mind rather than an age thing - I couldn't agree more. This 'new middle age' is certainly true in the case of Sir Ranulph Fiennes who is setting off at 68 on an epoch making Antarctic trek. He said that he cant afford to think of himself as old ; he literally cant afford to given his work as an explorer.
"So when does middle age end ? According to this same survey, we are middle aged until nearly 70 - which is well over the state and most other pension ages. It is clear that the concept of ageing is changing fast, which is just as well when you consider that there are now more adults over 65 than under 16."