This short article is by Chris Westerkamp, writing in GoLocalProv in Rhode island.
It starts with a twinge as he reads about COVID-19.
Somehow, the phrase senior citizen does not trigger the twinge in the many articles Iâ€™ve read over the last six weeks, but elderly generates full on vibrations in my brain.
Chris, like many of us, doesn’t think of himself as older. He’s still active and has relationships with people of many different ages.
So when articles and stories describe people sixty-five or older as elderly, I just get that twinge. Itâ€™s not that I donâ€™t recognize I am not as physically strong and flexible as I was only five or ten years ago… I get all that but I donâ€™t feel anything like the elderly.
He goes on to conclude:
I reckon the difference between senior citizen and elderly is oneâ€™s state of mind. It seems the COVID-19 doesnâ€™t distinguish between the two. There goes that twinge again.
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