The third age is the golden years between retirement and health decline. Until a few days ago, the third age began at 65 years. Since yesterday it is no longer so. The Geriatrics Society has moved the age forward for which a person “should” become elderly. In fact, they have highlighted that the average life has lengthened and remains longer. Will it be so?
The third age transformed
In Italy, a new consideration has led the Geriatric Society to raise the threshold for the years which we consider ourselves elders. Before the age of 75, we can no longer define ourselves as old. Almost 700 thousand Italians have been considered young since yesterday.
Niccolò Marchionni, who teaches at the University of Florence and directs the cardiovascular department of the Careggi Hospital, has announced that a person aged 65 years is physically and cognitively comparable to a 40-45 year old from thirty years ago.
In Italy, we are back to young
Both men and women of our time, compared to thirty years ago are now rejuvenated a decade. There are exceptions, however. Each region has its own history and much depends on the Italian city in which one lives. The health of body and mind has been evaluated more rigorously than it had been a few decades ago.
There are not a few people in their 80s who say they feel good and show it with physical prowess every day. Marchionne revealed 65 as the age of retirement for the Hapsburgs of the early 1900s. In Italy there is an average life expectancy of 85 years for women and 82 for men.
Lifestyles are different from the past and even the elderly are a resource for the country and not a burden as many may think. What will the seventy-year-olds say when, one day, they find themselves to be considered young? We are all young at any age if we are assisted by health.
Will this be a way to raise the retirement age legally?