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Does someone become a different person the minute they turn 50?

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iPaid Sun 04-Oct-15 20:26:31

After a decade of SAHM/working from home, I've realised that my social life has become very limited. So I took a look on MeetUp to see if there were any social groups I could join (not looking for partner as I'm married).

I was surprised to see that quite a lot of groups, including the walking groups I'm interested in, are for 30s/40s age group. It got me thinking:

What's the difference between a 49 year old and a 50 year old (don't say 12 months grin)?

Are you really perceived as too old to socialise with, say, a 37 year old or someone aged 43 just because you've left your 40s behind?

ForTheLongestTime Sun 04-Oct-15 20:32:56

I hope not, my DH turns 50 next month!

But seriously, of course age restrictions on such groups are daft.
If you've got a local paper or magazine, you might have some luck there.

Senpai Sun 04-Oct-15 20:33:30

Do you look 50? If not, join up and knock a few years off your age. smile

Or... make a new group for walking with 50's?

Personally, I'd join a group just for people in their 30's because we'd all be at similar places in our lives. I'm sure I could be friendly with someone older, but... I wouldn't really be able to relate.

Costacoffeeplease Sun 04-Oct-15 20:35:40

I'll let you know on Thursday wink

pigsDOfly Sun 04-Oct-15 20:36:02

Yeah, of course you do. Don't you know you go all wrinkly and start reading the Daily Mail. smile

I remember one I came across when I was looking for a group thing when I was in my early 50's.

It was a group aimed at old people and the starting age for the group was 52.

Surely most 52 year olds would rather socialise with people in their 30s and 40s rather than 80 year olds.

Obviously I didn't join it.

ForTheLongestTime Sun 04-Oct-15 20:36:13

...Whereas I've always got on better with older people (DH is 18 years older) and I don't find I have a great deal in common with fellow toddler mums.

Ragwort Sun 04-Oct-15 20:47:10

Surely most 52 year olds would rather socialise with people in their 30s and 40s rather than 80 year olds.

Not necessarily - some 80 year olds can be great fun and some people in their 30s and 40s are complete bores. grin.
I just don't think you can generalise about age ranges.

My parents are in their late 80s and have huge amounts of 'get up and go' - yet I work with people in their 30s who do nothing more exciting that watch tv every evening. hmm.

Why not consider joining the WI - there are lots of lively groups around with varied programmes and lots of interesting things to do.

iPaid Sun 04-Oct-15 20:48:48

There's a group that's calling itself the Young Walkers Club for 20s 30s and 40s

Why is 49 young but 50 is Zimmer frame territory?

ragged Sun 04-Oct-15 21:05:16

I think has to do with speed you can walk, iPaid. Just phone the Young Walkers & explain you're not that slow yet, so please can you come along. Odds are they will be happy to have you come along.

iPaid Sun 04-Oct-15 21:08:28

God no! I wouldn't want to join a group that would have me as a member!

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