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View Poll Results: At what age would you call yourself "elderly"
I would call myself "elderly" at 50 2 2.13%
55 0 0%
60 2 2.13%
65 6 6.38%
70 15 15.96%
75 12 12.77%
80 14 14.89%
85 5 5.32%
90 3 3.19%
Never 35 37.23%
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Old 02-28-08, 07:28 PM   #1
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At what age would you call yourself "elderly?"

At what age would you call yourself "elderly?"

At what age would others call you "elderly?"

A Personal Trainer on a Fitness Forum thinks one is "elderly" at 70. Here is what he said:

"(I work with elderly people, 70-90+)"

What do you think about the term "elderly" as a descriptor?

What value did the word "elderly" add to the above quoted sentence?

Would

"(I work with people, 70-90+)"

have been a better sentence?

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Old 02-28-08, 08:24 PM   #2
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At what age would you call yourself "elderly?"
10 years from today. Of course, if you ask me again this time next year, I'll give you the same answer.
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At what age would you call yourself "elderly?"
I'll let you know when I get there. I suspect that some factors, like general health and mental outlook might be more important than chronological age.
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10 years from today. Of course, if you ask me again this time next year, I'll give you the same answer.
I agree, except I think it's 15 years from now. Always have, by the way. When I was 15, elderly people were 30 or more.
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My stepfather is 87. He plays golf three times a week, goes to the City to play dominoes with his cronies, and walks 2 miles a day. I never consider him elderly. Elderly to me has more to do with poor state of health, state of mind, and physical frailty than age. My husband's parents are elderly. They are younger than my stepfather, but one has dementia and other health problems, and the other has just given up. They seem elderly to me.
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The word has no real meaning, it's a stupid word. It' relative. How high is up?

I'm the same guy I was at 30, I just cannot imagine myself ever being elderly.
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Me too. The only problem is that the only women who seem to realize it look like my grandmother.
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Me too. The only problem is that the only women who seem to realize it look like my grandmother.
Are any of them single? PM me if so.
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When they throw six feet of dirt in my face, I may consider calling myself elderly... maybe.
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Me too. The only problem is that the only women who seem to realize it look like my grandmother.
Hmmmm...come to think of it though, they are the ones who seem the most attractive these days.
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I'm flexible. It depends on who I'm talking with and what I want from them. I can be elderly in a heartbeat if it gets me what I want. I'm ready, willing and able to play the AARP card.

And Dnvr, from your sensitivity on the issue, (Wasn't your rant last week about "geriatric"?) I think you're confusing "elderly" with "decrepit." Elderly simply means older. Face it, at 68, you *are* older than most Americans. Be glad you've made it further than many have or will, and accept it with grace and dignity.

Although you've been known to complain about your knee around here, I certainly don't think you're decrepit.

Edit: According to my Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged (and not one of those newfangled web dictionaries the kids all use):

elderly adj. 1. somewhat old; between middle and old age; a resort for elderly people. 2. of or pertaining to persons in later life.

See? It says nothing about physical, emotional, or mental condition. Calendar age, pure and simple.

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I had to vote never. However I'm currently "helping" inlaws and an aunt. The father in law at 90 is starting to zone out and the aunt at 89 is like wise. My father was still sharp when he died at 77; although not sharp enough to get an annual checkup. So based on my genes, I expect to die of a heart related disease before I zone out, probably about 2031, just short of elderly.
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Elderly is n+20, where n=my current age.
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You have got me mixed up with someone else.
Sorry. Must be my "Sometimer's" kicking in.

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I am glad you don't think I am decrepit.
Jeepers Dnvr, my father is 72 and he's been sitting around waiting to die ever since he had his first MI at 55. Since then he's gone through three recliners and lord knows how many remotes. How the hell do you wear out three reclining chairs?

Meanwhile, you're riding your bike, going to some sort of classes and swimming with your wife, doing some actual living, yet you're wasting your time and energy on someone's use of a word? Dude, you're way ahead of the pack. Instead of getting upset with them, you should be laughing at them.
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Sorry. Must be my "Sometimer's" kicking in.



Jeepers Dnvr, my father is 72 and he's been sitting around waiting to die ever since he had his first MI at 55. Since then he's gone through three recliners and lord knows how many remotes. How the hell do you wear out three reclining chairs?

Meanwhile, you're riding your bike, going to some sort of classes and swimming with your wife, doing some actual living, yet you're wasting your time and energy on someone's use of a word? Dude, you're way ahead of the pack. Instead of getting upset with them, you should be laughing at them.
Well, I got a great ride in today, my singing group performed for some folks in an Assisted Living facility, and am sitting here bored watching some stupid TV with my laptop on my lap, laughing at YOU!
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Hey, way O/T: Are you doing the BikeJournal Reunion this summer? I plan to make a week of it. I'd like to ride with you.

Nope.


Wife and I are thinking of doing our local MS 150 in June. I don't participate much in BJ anymore. My current emphasis is exercise hours, not mileage, and I like to include all forms of exercise. I try for 2 hours of significant exercise daily. BJ doesn't fit into that too well.

The only time I actually rode with a BJ'er was with Zen. We did 20 miles from my house.
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Not sure. It certainly wouldn't be before 70. But much of it is a frame of mind. I've known people in their 70s that I do not think of them being "elderly."
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Am only 75 . . . you'll have to ask someone that's older!
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I believe nearly all states define elderly as being 60+. To be eligible for various forms of assistance for the "elderly" requires one to be 60 or older.
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I answered "never," but to be honest it depends on what I feel like when someone asks. Today I felt elderly when the 35 year old grad student I supervise "complimented" me by saying, "You are kind of like my dad." Ah - elderly!
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