Average American feels at least 10 years older than they actually are and all blame the same day-to-day annoyance

June 19, 2024

A new study has found Americans over 45 feel 12 years older than their actual age, on average. Baby Boomers felt an average of 14 years older while Silent Generation respondents reported feeling 12 years older than their actual age, and Gen Xers said they felt 10 years older on average. Forty-five percent have had to stop doing the things they love because of joint pain, and 23% feel they’ve let others down by missing personal or professional commitments due to joint pain. Losing your mobility and independence to joint pain can be frustrating and, without a doubt, make many people feel older than they are. "For example, research has found that building muscle strength is central to resolving joint pain.