What is Old

As an octogenarian, I feel I can comment about age. What is old?

These days old is not what it used to be. When I was 27, I felt that a person who was 50 years old has reached old age. I used to wonder whether I would live long enough to see the year 2000 arrive.

But times have changed. People are living longer now and staying young looking even after age 50. Advances in Medicine have made living longer easier. At age 65, the age of retirement in the old days, has people still living vigorously, many continuing to work well past this age.

I think the age we used to think of a youth should be extended to about 55. The age we used to term middle age should extend to about 78. There should be an age period called “Almost Old” that begins at 78 and extends to about 90. I think old age can be determined to begin at 90.

What I’m saying, though, is open to modification. As people get older, they tend to push the age that they consider defines old age further and further into the future. When I reach 90, I may decide to shift it to 95.

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