The Philadelphia Inquirer (philly.com edition) raises the age-old question about what words to use to describe those of us over 65.
These Philadelphia and national celebrities are 65 and older. Weâ€™ll share their names and ages below. As someone who writes a lot about the medical and social issues of aging, I am constantly faced with a problem: What am I supposed to call old people these days? I know. […]
Another quote from the article:
Tracey Gendron, a gerontologist at Virginia Commonwealth University, said she knows that many people mean well, but she thinks itâ€™s time for older people to call out ageist language when they hear it. Here are some of her examples of how to respond.
They say: â€œYou donâ€™t look 70.â€
Response: â€œWhat is 70 supposed to look like?â€
They say: â€œWhat can I get for you, sweetie?â€ (Or, dear or honey).
Response: â€œPlease donâ€™t call me sweetie or dear. My name is â€”-.â€
For Geezer Bill’s take on the question, read What’s a Geezer?