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Aging Stereotypes

Older People Are Not Adorable, So Please Stop Calling Them That

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

There's lots of discussion these days about what to call people as they grow older. Nobody likes 'elderly'; 'senior' and 'senior citizen' are a scant improvement over 'elderly'; and we can argue till the cows come home exactly what 'older person' means. I'm fine with using my actual age as a descriptor. I'm a '64-year-old.' Period. What I'm not fine with is being called 'adorable.'