How old is ‘elderly’ these days?
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It was like a bolt out of the blue that left us gobsmacked and reeling. People say you never know when it will happen and, shockingly, for my Mum it was during a routine medical check-up earlier this year.
She was 69 and working as a registered nurse when the doctor turned to her and casually dropped the bombshell. He called her elderly!
In the days that followed we searched for answers. Well, I did. Admittedly Mum was far less bothered than I was; her reaction was more a wry curiosity in the term and how it couldn’t possibly apply to her. Virginia Fallon. Here are examples from three people as to how they feel about the term ‘elderly’.
Cartoonist Tom Scott says his generation is rejecting the term “elderly” simply by refusing to die.
“If you dropped a nuclear weapon on downtown Auckland, out of the smoking rubble would come cockroaches, rats and Baby Boomers.” His generation is so tough, he says, it would take a meteorite shower to wipe them out, much as it did the dinosaurs!
Then there’s Manawatu veterinarian John Hewitt, 72, who says he’s not elderly but, tongue firmly in cheek, offers a description of those who are. “I’d say an elderly person is in some way compromised in their activities because of their health; somewhere between 90 and 110 years old.” And finally, calling 71-year-old Anneke Borren “elderly” would be both foolish and potentially dangerous to one’s health. The renowned ceramic artist says the very mention of the word is annoying, and she would be “seriously offended” if someone used it to describe her! “I’d be furious, because it’s not true.” Last year she sold her house, packed up her belongings and went on the run – in a campervan made for one. Old age can’t catch her if she keeps moving!
Age is of no importance unless you are cheese or wine!