Is age just a number when it comes to getting older? Why or why not?

"Is age just a number when it comes to getting older? Why or why not?"

There is a direct correlation between age and getting older, by definition.

However, there is also a rougher correlation between age (in years) and changes in physical and mental characteristics. On average, people in their sixties have different bodies, and think differently, compared to people in their twenties.

But as I wrote, this is a rough correlation. Not all people experience the same age-related changes at the same rate. I (age 58) might be healthier than most people in their seventies, but I am also likely healthier than some people in their forties.

If I understand your question, some of our characteristics might match the average person of our age (age is not just a number), but some of them might not match the average (age is just a number).

So, yes and no.


Kind of. Your age defines you legally in certain contexts, but shouldn't be used to discriminate or as a basis for stereotyping.

Your age does legally define when you qualify for specific care or benefits, such as Medicare, social security, AARP membership, senior citizen discounts, frequency of colonoscopies, eligibility for running for President, signing legal documents, driving, smoking, voting, drinking alcohol, service in the military, companies that have mandatory retirement, etc.

Age shouldn't be used to restrict or discriminate against you in terms of qualification for participation in life, relationships, seeking employment, eligibility to do fun things, sex, etc.


Age and the current expression of the progression of age is a number. What else could it be? We count days, months, and years beginning at birth, using calendars in common use, and units are expressed in numbers.

If you find that age is a color or a rhyming couplet, and not a tally of units of time expressed as a number, please do share.

Science ficiton and theoretical physics aside, time moves in only one direction, and at a steady pace. We measure and express the duration of life in numbers based directly on the progression of time. Yes, age is just a number.


age is just a number from the first breath to the last breath.

It has no intrinsic value in nature.

Man ties certain rights and responsibilities to age - that is an artificial value, but still has to be recognized and treated responsibily.

Age does not reflect the level of maturity of a person. There are people who's age is high, but whose maturity appears to be as low as many children.


In the U.S. age isn't just a number because it determines at what point a person can receive Social Security Retirement Benefits. It also suggests what one's life expectancy is.


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