“Get off my lawn!” Men officially get grumpy at age 70, study shows

url “The approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men, according to an Oregon State University report, is around age 70,” as NPR reports.

“Then you’d better get off his lawn.

“Researchers found that as men grow older — from, say, 50 on — they have fewer obstacles and annoyances to worry about in life and, furthermore, they are more equipped to deal with adversity. But around age 70, life — or at least the perception of happiness — begins to go downhill.

“Anyone who has known an irascible old coot — or seen Grumpy Old Men, the 1993 movie in which geriatrics Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau live to fight with one another — knows that elderly guys can be pains in the neck.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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6 Responses to “Get off my lawn!” Men officially get grumpy at age 70, study shows

  1. Steve Willer says:

    Lower testosterone levels and depression can explain some of that grumpiness. Maintaining “optimal” levels is important, not just “normal” levels. I had a friend who went through a year of panic attacks, muscle weakness, depression and other symptoms. He was prescribed all kinds of meds, finally had a testosterone test that showed him at the very bottom of the normal range. He was given shots and within a month felt like a completely different person. You do have to be careful with that stuff, heart disease and prostate cancer can be associated with testosterone.

  2. steve cottrell says:

    Couple weeks ago I turned 74. Now it all makes sense.

  3. Judith Lowry says:

    Jeff, for a little balance to your post, I suggest you sit down and have a listen to Willie Nelson singing “September Song” or Harry Nilsson singing, “This is all I ask”.
    Some older men, like the recently departed octogenarian Gene Wilder, bear out the saying, “The older the tree, the sweeter the peach.”
    It’s not all bad and it’s not always about age.

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