Russians begin to consider themselves old at an average age of 70.7 years. This conclusion was made by researchers from Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov and the Federal Research Sociological Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences in an article published in the latest issue of the scientific journal “Population”, writes RBC.
The survey was conducted among 1,200 adult Russians of different ages in mid-2022 in 65 regions of the country. The results of the study showed that the subjective perception of the timing of old age depends on the gender of the respondent. Thus, Russians on average believe that for men it occurs at 69.4 years, and for women at 68 years. In addition, women survey participants determined the age of old age to be 71.8 years, and men – 69.3 years. Scientists explained this by the “feminization of old age,” associated with the predominance of women in older age groups.
It also turned out that the perception of old age depends on the health status of the respondents. Those who are completely satisfied with their well-being push back the boundaries of old age by seven to eight years.
At the same time, young people expect old age to arrive at an earlier age than the older generation. Those surveyed under 29 years of age believe that it occurs at 65.8 years, and respondents over 60 years of age – at 74.4 years.
In June, Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko statedthat life expectancy in Russia is 73.4 years. According to Rosstat, this figure among women is 77.8 years, and among men – 67.5 years. As of the beginning of 2023, in Russia the share of the population over 65 years of age was 16.5%; over ten years the figures increased by 3.6 percentage points. The UN considers a country’s population to be old if the proportion of people aged 65 years and older exceeds 7%.