Where did the saying "The Golden Years" come from?

Question:A lot of people use this phrase and I guess the saying was suppose to be good years of life.Many people start having health problems when the golden years come around and don't feel it is the better years of their lives.I wonder where the phrase originated in the first place.

Probably because the 50th wedding anniversary is symbolized with gold. So once you've reached the age of 50, you're golden, although this probably began at a time when 50 was considered old. I think the good years, i dunno! expreshun i gess The expression is a metaphor for the passage of time. When the sun is setting at the end of the day the sky is golden. When the year is ending the trees turn golden. Hence, when a person gets old and near the end of their life, they are in their golden years. I now am just a stay at home,

Where have the years all gone?

I reside in a body that’s,

No longer young and strong.

I haven’t any money now,

It goes for meds I need,

To get me by and help me cope,

With this new life I lead.

I plan each trip to town now,

To utilize it best,

The grocery store and Walmart,

Then find a bench to rest.

Are these the famous Golden Years,

I’ve heard so much about?

Or is this just my punishment,

Until I can checkout?

No matter what these years may bring,

I will not wear a frown,

I’ll wear instead a great big smile,

With short hospital gown!

I’ll keep the Doc in stitches,

Hold the Nurses all at bay,

Wary from not knowing next,

What I might do or say.

I hope that when I close the door,

Shut tight on Golden Years,

My friends all wave goodbye to me,

And not shed any tears.

That they will feel relived I’m gone,

Say ‘She went out with style,’

Knowing someday we will meet,

Again, and share a smile.

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