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Old 12-31-2017, 10:34 AM
 
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While we don't mind referring to ourselves as seniors, although we barely qualify (I might not even qualify as I'm 59), we affectionately refer to our older neighbors as "silvertops', but not to their faces.

I don't care for perennial for two reasons. A perennial can be any age. It's a plant that comes back year after year. It's just as much a perennial in year 2 as in year 20. So a perennial does not literally indicate something that is older. Also I don't want to be referred to as a plant, even metaphorically. I'm a human. I don't even feel young-old really. I still consider myself late middle aged. I have 25 to 30 years to go. Young = ages 0-35, middle-aged = 35-65, older = 65-80, old-old =80+ on my personal scale.
I called my white haired aunts and older cousins "Q-tips".

They had those short puffy white hairdos
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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I've never understood the need to complicate things. We are what we are. Nothing is going to change that.

Yes, there is hair dye, makeup, plastic surgery, wigs for those of us who are having a problem with their advancing years. I do dye my hair and use lipstick and some blush.... it's enough for me. I'm into pleasing myself these days.

I've come to embrace who I am and the stage of life I am in. I feel fortunate to have reached my age (75, in April 76). So many never make it this far. And I'm in reasonable good health. I no longer expect the same kind of energy I had when I was younger. I did some not-too-smart things in my younger years trying to keep up with a guy I was dating. I no longer date him (or anyone else for that matter) and don't feel the need to rise to someone else's expectations of me.

A much more peaceful, nicer life.
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:45 AM
 
Location: The Carolinas
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Youthfully challenged?
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:54 AM
 
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I love it! Perennial, like a flower that keeps popping back up.
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Elder...?

Sounds respectful, like an Native American elder...

NA honor their ancestors, living or dead.

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Old 12-31-2017, 11:23 AM
 
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I don't have a problem being called 'old.'
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:26 AM
 
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By all means, find as many words as you want to marginalize us. It won't kill us. We'll still be here.


And, with any luck, you will also, in the fullness of time, achieve the awful distinction of being viewed as old and worthless by younger people.


Then you will have the honor of being marginalized by the "clever" terms they devise to describe how old and worthless they think you are. But you'll still be there, making them uncomfortable, forcing them to think about their own mortality.


It's fun. You'll like it.
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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By all means, find as many words as you want to marginalize us. It won't kill us. We'll still be here.


And, with any luck, you will also, in the fullness of time, achieve the awful distinction of being viewed as old and worthless by younger people.


Then you will have the honor of being marginalized by the "clever" terms they devise to describe how old and worthless they think you are. But you'll still be there, making them uncomfortable, forcing them to think about their own mortality.


It's fun. You'll like it.
agree with your post - I see a lot of this sort of thing on the Florida and Tampa subforums where posters consider the State of Florida "God's Waiting Room" - and post negative comments about 55+ communities about being surrounded by fossils.....can't see much humor about it all. I have the utmost respect for these folks who've lived sometimes tough lives.....
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:37 AM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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I live in the world of geezerdom and embrace it.
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:42 AM
 
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I'm not a plant, so referring to me as a perennial seems silly.

Old is fine, I don't see anything wrong with it, never have, never will. Also, what's wrong with elder? Elder is fine.
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