50 TODAY: Take a look at the changing face of 50

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By Joan Raymond

If you’re turning 50 this year, not to worry. Things may be a whole lot more fabulous than you ever thought possible. To celebrate our own Hoda Kotb's 50th birthday on Aug. 9, TODAY is taking a closer look at what it means to be 50 now — and our TODAY survey found plenty of reasons to celebrate.

What’s clear is that 50 sure isn’t what it used to be. In fact, 70 percent of 50-year-olds surveyed by TODAY say they feel younger than their age. With people living longer, and knowing a whole lot more about living a healthy lifestyle, 72 percent of respondents say being 50 today is actually younger than it was in their own parents’ generation. 

And no wonder: Check out this slideshow to see how 50 really DOES look different now.

Different looks for different decades. George Clooney, left, is 53, and yet looks younger than the late Jim Backus, who was 51 when cast on "Gilligan's Island."

Turns out, getting old is a moving goalpost. Remember when you were 20 and thought 50 was ancient? When today’s 50-year-olds were asked to put a number on “old,” they chose 66. But ask a 60-something and they say 72.

Tune in tomorrow to learn why 50 really does rock and see the full results of TODAY's "This is 50" survey. There are so many reasons why 50 is fabulous.

Join in! Show TODAY what the face of 50 looks like now. Send us your photos on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #ThisIs50.