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Old Today, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ohio_peasant View Post
The proverbial goalposts keep moving. Not too terribly long ago, even reaching 65 was an event of some considerable achievement, while 50 was an age of seniority and a late-stage of ones career. Now we read that 77 is but an intermediate stage in retirement, and the really advanced stage of fraught health and diminished prospects only comes at 90 or so. Soon perhaps well start considering anyone of double-digit age as middle-aged, and the right to be considered a doddering pantaloon would only be bestowed at age 120.

I do not warmly greet this evolution. It means a longer working-journey and a more protracted period of striving, of going about our efforts and persisting in trappings of responsibility. It also requires for more money to be saved, and more concern for what one eats and the like. If life-expectancy were to be short, our expectations would be lower, with lower stress about when is time-enough, and its grown fair to graduate to the next stage, or to let go.
True. Since I've worked w/ elders that are quite elder, 90's to mid or late 90's, I see a new definition arising. 80 isn't very elder to me anymore. I guess 85 is where I think older age starts officially. But, people can and are productive at that age and older. I've seen it!
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