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Old 12-30-2017, 09:39 PM
 
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How does "perennial" grab you, lol?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.4f190ae49266
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:35 PM
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Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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Can you copy and paste or something similar? I could not get the story as I had to pay/subscribe to the site.
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:42 PM
 
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Does this link work for you? maybe not...... just trying. I can copy & paste it in full, but I sort of thought that is against the guidelines here, not sure.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.b5f674dcace5
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:53 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I happily embrace geezer and codger, although as a female people sometimes look at me strangely when I refer to myself as such.
I do not want to be a 'perennial', as if the other alternative is to be an annual. What does that make young people? Evergreens?
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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It doesn't matter what you use, there will be those who will find a reason to be offended by it. I just use "old fart". It worked for me when I was younger and it works for me now that I am one.
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:54 PM
 
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I think the article is right in that at 62 I don't feel old, and don't feel being referred to as old is a trustworthy description of who I am. I follow this blogger and anti ageism advocate.
https://thischairrocks.com/?q=blog

I am an older, which means I am older than someone younger
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:57 PM
 
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Can you copy and paste or something similar? I could not get the story as I had to pay/subscribe to the site.
Do you only have more than one device that can access the Internet? If you've used up your free articles for the month on washingtonpost.com when using your computer or tablet, then just use your smartphone. Alternatively, you can just clear your cookies.

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Does this link work for you? maybe not...... just trying. I can copy & paste it in full, but I sort of thought that is against the guidelines here, not sure.
It's not just against the guidelines, it's against the law. City-Data would be in violation of copy write law if it allowed the full article to be reprinted (or posted, more accurately) on its site.
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:59 PM
 
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:00 PM
 
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It doesn't matter what you use, there will be those who will find a reason to be offended by it. I just use "old fart". It worked for me when I was younger and it works for me now that I am one.

It's not always about being offended though, it's about how a word can be used to stereotype and define people of a particular age and how that stereotype impacts how you are treated within the medical profession, your job opportunities , by insurance companies etc.

I guess it's the context too. I don't like being defined as old by society just because of my age, however if my best friend and I are trying to get up off the floor at yoga like a pair or drunken old farts because we are out of shape and stiff I am not going to get my knickers in a twist.
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Well I think the geriatrician was being kind of condescending but Kuhn was also being kind of rude.

That having been said, I am not crazy about the term “perennial” as a title for old people mostly because I think it sounds weird. I despise the term “baby boomer.” Anything else is okay by me.

Thing is, something is always going to offend or annoy someone. There is no one term that is going to make everyone happy. Actually I don’t see what’s wrong with the words “old people.” We’re old and we’re people. No one seems to mind being called “young people” when they are young so why is it so terrible for people who are old to be called “old people” when they become old?

Isn’t that like saying there is something wrong with becoming old?
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