Being elderly is just a state of mind. I volunteer in a nursing home where I teach current events and I have to say that I have learned plenty from so called "senior citizens". Many of their minds are still as sharp as when they were in their 20's. Attitude about life is everything; if you think and act as if you are old, you are old but if you think young, stay physically and emotionally active, then you are young!
However elderly is defined, it is certainly a state of mind and body. My husband is 76. I have watched him as he recovered from a very serious illness. I never thought he'd be the same again. But now, everyday, I see signs of his return to his original self. He may never be all the way back as he was, but you cannot imagine how profoundly happy I am to see the improvements. He's fighting his way back, and so is his brother.
Elderly is the relative of time. Never stops and either do we.
Life is short compared to eternity, take life and run with it. Yes this body does feel aches and pains that have not been there before.
The dictionary defines elderly as passed middle age. I procrastinate that elderly is at least in the 60's, and when I become 70, that will be middle age.
Marc, you are right, when the kids are on SS that will make me feel ELDERLY. Since our government can't seem to get the social security in trust, then I'll never be elderly as my kid won't be able to collect. ... ROFLMAO.
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I have to agree that age is in the mind. working with the developmentally disabled I see that every day. My Patty is 67 in years but her mind is much younger. She has the stamina and energy of the younger person. She positively amazes me.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.“
Some say 10 years older than you are at the present. I have always thought that it was at least 20 years more than I! !
The truth of the matter is, I don't think you ever see yourself, or perhaps even your loved ones, as elderly. My parents are 82 and 79, but I still don't think of them as elderly, although I do give them a hard time about going to visit them in the "old folks home"!
i'm never going to be old my body feels old and i'm slowing down but i'm still
haveing fun and life is adventure and there are places if have not seen life is
what you make it and when i do go i'm go out with a big bang
you are elderly when they put you in the casket..up to that time, there is no such thing as elderly..quite frankly I enjoy my senior citizen discount at the movies and my GF (who is under 50) enjoys dating an "older man"
We actually had this "discussion" on our last cruise (Mex Riviera, Jan05 Diamond Princess). We were in 1st seating with 2 wonderful older couples (Rita and I are 48/44) Ed and his wife Betty were 78 and 75, and Joe and his wife Sue were 81 and 75 respectively. Unfortunately we had a younger, but boorish couple (Mike 34 and Anna 23) who talked incessantly about their money and things...but they did get a rise out of Sue on the 4th night when Mike called her 'elderly'....she said to Mike, "Sonny, elderly is when you don't mind your manners...in which case you are the oldest of us all!!" We didnt see them the rest of the trip...and had a blast!
64 years old elderly? Well hooray for me. It couldn't come early enough
I trurned 65 last year, bought my first motorcycle, took my safety cource and motorcycle rider's licence and passed on the first try. Hooray for me.
I go to the movies and pay half price and hooray for me.
The Gov't of Canada, in it's infinite wisdom, is paying me over $550.00 old age pension plus a Canada pension. It more than pays for a 7-day cruise + a couple weeks in Florida. Hooray for me.
Last year, I took an introduction to computers at the local university and now I'm interacting with people from New Zeland, England, Vancouver , Montreal, Florida, New York, New Hamphire, Wisconsin Texas, California and several other states etc. Hooray for me.
The kicker is my 7 grand-children. Three of them, I see daily, the other 4 on a weekly basis. My 4-year old grand son would rather hang out with me than anybody else. If you have to be elderly for that. All I can say is ''eat your heart out'' and hooray for me.
I could go on and on.
It does bring a few malaises but, I see people of all age afflicted by cancer, diabetes, MS., killed by various accidents and I say to myself, ''I'm too old to die young'' and you know what, ''Hooray for me''.
Age only matters if you are a cheese or a bottle of wine.
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OK. I am new here and you may swing away at will but I can't stay quiet another minute. I say this with love, kindness, and respect. Elderly is not a “four letter word”. Now I’m not saying that people do not use it that way but it does not have to mean something bad. Please help me to spread the word. To be elderly is to be grand.
1. Being past middle age and approaching old age; rather old.
2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of older persons or life in later years.
I grew up with my Grandmother referring to herself as my Elderly Grandma. She was my very best friend and the person who fed my soul. Based on that relationship here is my definition of Elderly.
A warm, loving, generous, giving, vibrant, exciting, excited, sexy, fun, funny, intelligent, witty, sassy, strong, gentle, and beautiful person who has been around long enough to have a few good stories to share. Wow, Grandma…… I miss you so much.