Years ago, 40 was the dreaded age for a woman. It meant she was old and was going to be treated differently. Many women, including actresses, remained 39 for quite a while – as long as they could get away from it. They “held there” – pretty much like what I am doing with 69.
Then things progressed a bit, and the 50’s were old. You could not join AARP until you were 50 and THAT was the senior magazine. I had a friend who hid her AARP magazine, so no one would know she was 50. She is now 84 and hides nothing about her age. She’s proud to have made it this far.
Then there was a movement, when beautiful actresses starting turning 50, that showed that 50 was still young, and many 50 year olds were young looking and quite beautiful. So 50 was no longer considered old, but 60 was.
At some point, though, 60 became middle-aged. It could be because more and more people are living into their 90’s and even to 100. And most of all, many of these 90 year olds lead pretty active lives. So we 60 year olds are halfway to the end. Thus “middle” aged.
In a few years, I hope 70 will truly be the new 50. Then I can proudly say that I am 70 and not be considered an old woman. Let’s hope!