The data confirms it: As you reach midlife, you’re not alone in feeling the urge to reinvent yourself.
When you look at the numbers for how Americans over the age of 50 are approaching work, marriage, caregiving, fitness, health, and more, what you see are some pronounced shifts. Those range from the growing number of people over 50 starting a business to the rapidly rising gray divorce rate to a renewed resolve to finally eat healthy.
For many, midlife is a fresh chance to make a difference, or finally pursue a long-delayed passion. For others, gradually throttling down is the goal.
As the family home becomes a house for just one or two again, homeowners take different approaches to filling the space.
At this stage, change is all around, from the kids flying the coop and parents needing more help to relationships being rethought and other connections deepening.
When it comes to health and beauty, middle age can mean anything from resolving to eat better to searching for a quick fix to settling on a new approach to fitness.
As experiences take center stage over stuff, this is a time to get serious about all kinds of bucket lists.