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Old 01-29-2017, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Upstate, NY
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My health went down right at age 60. I really started to feel like a senior citizen. Can't sleep, stiff and sore, forget things and look terrible.
I started to feel like this at 30. Lol!
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Old 01-29-2017, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I have never seen the word elderly used in businesses offering a discount. The term Senior is used.
I'm 68 and you better not refer to me as elderly for at least another 10 years or so.

My husband works in a store, and got a call from a customer, who asked for " the distinguished, elderly gentleman." He was crushed. He was only 64, and very fit and healthy.
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Old 01-29-2017, 11:20 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I'm in a class with a 90 years old, no not PE, so I think twice about calling somebody elderly until they get to 90. She still drives. 55 is still very young.
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Old 01-29-2017, 11:26 AM
 
Location: NYC
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My mother is elderly not me & I am in my 60's. But I do see people or folks in photos who look "old" & find they are years younger than me! I suspect you are "elderly" when you hesitate to buy green bananas...
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Old 01-29-2017, 01:39 PM
 
Location: sumter
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My mother is elderly not me & I am in my 60's. But I do see people or folks in photos who look "old" & find they are years younger than me! I suspect you are "elderly" when you hesitate to buy green bananas...


Lol, you saying they might not make it to see them turn yellow.
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Old 01-29-2017, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Middle age lasts until 70?? What an absurdity!

This thread has shown (as if any proof were needed) that defining "elderly" is relative and depends on one's vantage point and outlook.

Several posters have claimed that middle age lasts until age 70. I am 72 and I think that's a ridiculous claim and bespeaks denial. Let's face it, 70 is old, old, old. And it's not a question of how any given individual functions. I function quite well. I use extension ladders to do exterior painting and get up on roofs, I jog on the treadmill at least three times a week, and I almost always walk if my errand is one mile or less away. Driving at night is no problem and driving on the freeways is no problem. But I am most certainly a lot more than two years out of "middle age".

My hearing is so bad I have hearing aids. My vision is getting worse. My beard has been completely white for over a decade. It's also been a decade or more since I've been able to sleep eight hours without having to get up to go to the bathroom. Why delude myself and live in denial? I am old, very old. And it sucks and I hate it. I hate the beard (but I can solve that by being clean-shaven), I hate my hearing, I hate the more frequent need to use the bathroom. Why pretend that reality is something different than what it is?
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:41 AM
 
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I'm 69. I honestly didn't know that I'm old old old! That's news to me! I don't consider myself old old old. And I'm definitely not elderly. I'm always mistaken for being younger. No white hair either.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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I'm in my late 40s and my kids have told me they think I'm ancient. *lol*
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:57 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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I'm in my late 40s and my kids have told me they think I'm ancient. *lol*
It's all perspective.

When I was six, twelve year olds were the old kids.

When I was a teenager, anyone not wearing current styles was old; pretty much mid twenties.

When I was working my first job in my mid twenties, I did treadmills for executive physicals. I noticed how rare it was to find a good looking man over forty. Most were going downhill already.

In my early fifties, screening patients, I was shocked to find some of the really old looking people I was interviewing were my age!

Now, I see old people as those with a perpetual frowns and matching attitude (and there's' a wide latitude on physical ages for this) and the elderly are those shuffling along that the years have not treated kindly.

Age is a sliding scale and as I keep aging, the goalposts keep moving for me in my mind. To a unbiased observer, those goalposts haven't changed at all though.

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Old 01-31-2017, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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"Elderly" and "senior citizen" on this board seem to have completely different meanings.

"Senior citizen" generally applies to everyone above some sort of age threshold, commonly set at 55.

"Elderly" seems to imply either a condition, frail and sick, or those above a further age cutoff, probably 70+.

Many 70+ year olds are fairly healthy and vital. At 80, this number will drop off substantially. I'd consider virtually anyone over 80 elderly, as it is above the expected life expectancy in most areas. I'd also consider anyone over 50 or so who is frail or chronically ill to be elderly.
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