TODAY   |  September 16, 2013

America’s golden age: 50 is the new 30

A recent Harris Interactive Poll asked people what the perfect age would be if they could live forever in good health, revealing that the big 5-0 is the “sweet spot” for most American adults. One expert surmises that it is an age of balance, where you are “old enough to have wisdom, but young enough that your parents are still alive.”

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>>> i'm not one of those gals afraid to tell it but i like to kick, stretch, and kick. i'm 50. 50 years old.

>> that's the eternally 50-year-old character from snl sally o mally kicking those things up. that was molly shannon .

>> i don't know any 50-year-old that kicks those up.

>> we show you that clip because a recent interactive poll found that 50 is, in fact, america's favorite age. the question asked was if you could live forever in good health at a particular age what would it be? the most popular answer was 50. one psychologist put it this way. you're young enough to be famous or start an organic farm and still have the muscle tone to work 8 hours a day. you're old enough to have wisdom or young enough that your parents are still alive. if you're tired, you can ask the young man on the bus to get out of the seat for you or you can date the young man. it's the sweet spot in other words.

>> so 50 is the new 30.

>> 50 is the new 30.

>> i think so.

>> having passed 50.

>> you're still in your 50s, though.

>> i think 60 is actually --

>> really?

>> i want to tell you. i feel good -- i think that the kids are at a great place right now where they're old enough to take care of themselves in a sense but you're still young enough to remember where you put the car keys.

>> you can go on long vacation with your wife and not have to worry about the kids.

>> not quite. actually we did just leave them at home with kibble.

>> that works too.

>> 50 was good too.

>> 50 you feel like you're comfortable. you achieved things in life. maybe you have enough money that you're happy but still healthy enough to enjoy it all.

>> people retire early in their 50s.

>> do they?

>> my parents did.

>> then you're halfway to a smucker's jar.