Mid-life crisis now waiting to hit people in their sixties

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YOUR 60s are now the era of the mid-life crisis for so-called “silver sufferers” rather than your 40s, according to a study.

A third of men and women said they went through a period of “developmental crisis” in their 60s, the survey found.

But Dr Oliver Robinson, from the University of Greenwich said that while some people respond with the disappointment, others set new goals and enjoy a greater appreciation of life.

He said: “The findings suggest that the 60-69 decade is a key time for developmental crisis and this should be the focus of continued research.

“It seems that when loss-inducing events occur together or in close proximity in time, a person’s capacity to cope in their 60s is overwhelmed and a later life crisis is precipitated.

Dr Robinson’s findings were presented at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, yesterday.