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. We’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 it’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: “You don’t look 70.”
Response: “What is 70 supposed to look like?”
They say: “What can I get for you, sweetie?” (Or, dear or honey).
Response: “Please don’t call me sweetie or dear. My name is —-.”
For Geezer Bill’s take on the question, read What’s a Geezer?