LOOKING GOOD: First year apprentice Jojo Peillon with her boss Kerrie Di Mattia. Photo Adam Hourigan
LOOKING GOOD: First year apprentice Jojo Peillon with her boss Kerrie Di Mattia. Photo Adam Hourigan

40 is the new 20 – at least on average

WHEN Grafton hairdresser Kerrie Di Mattia heard the expression 40 is the new 20, she said, "You'd better believe it".

As the owner of a hairdressing salon, Ms Di Mattia has made it her mission to help people look fabulous for their age.

It's a sign of life imitating science, which has revealed in Australia, 40 will indeed soon be the new 20 as the first of the baby boomers hits 67 this year.

Figures from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) said Australia is well on the way to 40 being our average age.

"At Federation, Australia was a youthful country with an average age of 22," said CEPAR spokesman Rafal Chomik. "This year, the average age of Australians is 37 and by 2050, it will be 42."

Ms Di Mattia didn't need a statistician to tell her about this trend, only this week hiring a 35-year-old first-year apprentice, Jojo Peillon.

"I've done a lot of things, travelled, been a massage therapist, all sorts of things," Ms Peillon said.

"With my two children off to school, I've decided it's now my time."



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