What Women Fear About Aging

by Lois Etienne on August 17, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Okay, so I’m another year older. It’s funny, 30, 40, 50 never really bothered me but creeping up on 60 seems scarier somehow. Do you dread getting older? Women around the world seem to worry about aging more than men do, according to the 2010 Bupa Health Pulse, a 12-country survey by the British health care company Bupa. China is the most fearful country, and its top concern — perhaps unsurprisingly, given family size limits — is, “Who will take care of me?” The French seem least concerned about aging — a third of respondents there say “old” starts after age 80. And in the U.S.? Psychiatrists and life-cycle experts agree that what women fear most about aging seems to be very different from what men fear. Here’s women’s top fears:


Washington-SeniorLosing attractiveness/becoming “invisible”

Being left alone


Being dependent on others


I think my fears probably revolve around being alone and dependent. Where do your fears lie?

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