A most interesting and colourful debate it was on social media. The discussion sparked by one of our stories on DiscoverMooseJaw.com that referred to a 66 year old grandmother as "elderly".
Jessica wrote, "That is fairly offensive to say that 66 is elderly."
Stephen replied, "55 is elderly. 66 is more so."
Then Barbara piped in, "55 is NO WAY elderly. 55 is ten years away from retirement."
Hear, hear, Barbara! I'm with you.
However, it is a fact you can join the Moose Jaw & District Seniors Association at age 50.
It is also true that those aged 55 and over can access preferred parking spots at my favourite pharmacy.
How can we settle this? Google to the rescue! If you Google "What qualifies as elderly?", this is what pops up: "Ageing, an inevitable process is commonly measured by chronological age and, as a convention, a person aged 65 years or more is often referred to as elderly".
There. It's settled. Isn't it?