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Old 01-21-2016, 08:04 AM
 
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George HW Bush is elderly, period.
yes, my mom is the same age and I consider her elderly.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:19 AM
 
Location: AZ
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I think there should be a term for people who are old, but not quite elderly.

I propose "olderly".

Why should tweens be the only ones to have their in in-between category?
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I am 63 and I am OLD. I doubt I will live to be elderly.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:49 AM
 
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In this forum, I capitalize "Old" for somewhat similar reasons as the Deaf community has for capitalizing Deaf. (Not implying they are the exact same reasons...obviously Old people don't have their own "language" the way the Deaf have ASL). "Old" has its own particular mindset and culture, traits we achieve through aging.

"Old" is a community. We who have attained the status of "Old," recognize others who have attained that status. We probably talk more easily to other Old people than we did before we became Old.

By itself, "Old" is not bad. It just means we have lived a long time. Some people make fun of being Old; well, some people make fun of everything. It is up to us to reject being objects of derision, and most especially, not to put down other Old people for being Old. It is up to us to reclaim "Old" and make it a positive affirmation. "Old and Proud."
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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I remember being in 3rd grade and the teacher asking us to figure out how old we'd be in the year 2000...I won't say my age for then but I remembered thinking "I'll be alive and young enough to enjoy it!" Hilarious!
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:59 AM
 
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"Old" has its own particular mindset and culture, traits we achieve through aging.

"Old" is a community. We who have attained the status of "Old," recognize others who have attained that status. We probably talk more easily to other Old people than we did before we became Old.
None of that resonates with me. Can you list some of the traits and elaborate on what mindset and culture you think we share?
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Old 01-21-2016, 12:57 PM
 
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Old is what comes after middle-age. Elderly is the last stage before death for most assuming one lives long enough.


Old can be anyone over 55 or 65 but long as they are active and healthy it is just a number/state of mind. Elderly IMHO are those of advanced age who are frail and or in poor health.
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