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Old 01-20-2016, 07:34 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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It's amazing how may threads we have about how words are used differently. It would be a lot easier for me if everyone used the verbiage I prefer, always meaning what I mean when I use that verbiage. Aintagonnahappen...
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:39 AM
 
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Wife and I (mid 60's) feel "old" at times due to arthritis pain/aches, but basically our personalities are not "old" and definitely not "elderly". Due to past surgeries, we can't do some things we use to, like square dancing, going to an amusement park........too much physical stuff. Heck, it's hard for us to walk thru a zoo anymore and if we do, we will be hitting the Motrin bottle that night due to pain from walking too much.

IOW, we aren't "elderly", but can definitely feel "old" at times.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:05 AM
 
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I always see elderly as old + infirm in some way. An 85 year old in a nursing home is elderly. An 85 year old sky diving is not.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Same as middle age has always been 10 years older than I am, no matter my age and I am 73..............LOL
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Elderly is just more diplomatic.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:28 AM
 
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I always see elderly as old + infirm in some way. An 85 year old in a nursing home is elderly. An 85 year old sky diving is not.
Even supposing that the normal human life span was 100 years, both examples are old in terms of their lifespan. It seems there is a lot of confusion, or is it fear, in this thread about what else old means. The first person is old and unhealthy, the second is old and very healthy. Still, old and old.

However, "elderly" does seem to me as well to be used almost exclusively as "old + infirm." So, presumably a sixty-five year old, who has probably lived at least 2/3s of their expected lifespan, and is also in a wheelchair full-time because of pervasive arthritis could be described as "elderly." Not likely to go over well with a lot of folks.

The semantics of aging is such fertile proselytizing ground for the Church of Political Correctness. True believers, stand up and give a witness!
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:40 AM
 
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Youth = new born to 21
Young Adult = 21 to 59
Middle age = to 60 to 89 (now that I am 70ish)
Elderly/Old - 90 or over. (My mother is a youthful 92, btw)
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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I'm an old man.

I'll be an old man until I die.

If I wanted to be an "Elderly Gentleman",

I would have to wear a tie with my flannel shirt.

And hike my jeans up to my chest.
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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I always see elderly as old + infirm in some way. An 85 year old in a nursing home is elderly. An 85 year old sky diving is not.
My thinking exactly.
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:12 PM
 
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OK, no more "elderly." From now on, let's hear it for "ancient," "dilapidated," "senile" and "nearly dead"!

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The semantics of aging is such fertile proselytizing ground for the Church of Political Correctness. True believers, stand up and give a witness!
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