Who is Elderly? I set out to answer the question.
Funny, in past years, defining someone, elderly, would mean, "old."
Again, the question is paramount, what is, "old?" Ask any 16 year old,
"anyone past the age of 40," most often the answer. The same question
given to an individual in their 30's, without much thought, answer," 60."
Therefore, I gave myself the assignment; determine within
what demographic "Elderly," fall. My research and fact finding
may surprise you. My mission writing, issue sound, helpful, and
fact based information to my audience. Interesting, my reader's will be
determined by the outcome of the answer.
Reading articles, data, facts, and figures from many internet
sites, I have determined the following. The U.S. Census, models the
demographic group over the age of 65 as "Elderly." Included in
the same study, "Baby Boomer," has been classified as those
after age 42, but before 60.
On Dictionary.com, the following definition for the word is given,
someone old; of or pertaining to persons in later life. Well, that
surely answers the question. At least my baby boomer status is
correct for the moment. But where do I fall between 61 and 65?
http://www.wikipedia.org was good to define my current age
grouping as, "old age." Old age, according to our U.S. Census,
again, is 55+. My research resembled an onion. The more I looked,
the more information was forth coming, but confusing. I also note
the published book by, Erik Erikson titled, "Eight Stages of
Life." His theory of elderly, defined by a period of, "Integrity vs. Despair."
In fairness to old, senior, or elderly, I issue you a challenge.
Decide which demographic group I personally belong? This is a small look
inside my lifestyle and personality, adding a few characteristics.
I was born in 1950. Active, play golf, scuba dive, garden, and
walk, as physical activity. I work in the real estate industry,
busy full-time. Blessed, family life, including a grown married daughter, with
a grandson, 11, and about to be 3 time grandmother with twin
girls, joining our family in the Fall. Writing, publishing short stories, and
children's books, keep my mind busy and hopefully, sharp. From the
medical view, I do take medication for blood pressure, fat in my blood,
as well I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Additionally, it is
heartbreaking to say, my mother is in stage 4, Alzheimers. Oh,
important, if "squatting," I have to have help getting up.
You tell me, am I, "elderly?"
It does surprise me, however, I do not know why, when our elected
officials forget, their own age. As I am aware of the outstanding medical
care options and pensions which go along with these people, truly they
must be old enough to "forget," they too, are "elderly," Americans. With
each and every decision, bill, and conclusion, these elected to govern
our business make, I think I must be living on another planet.