With Baby Boomers having turned 65, it’s time to take stock of what it means to be “senior.” There are benefits to being a senior, ranging from collecting a pension to free or discounted museum tickets in some countries and free prescription medications in others. The health and abilities of those over 65 are diverse. Some are clearly experiencing age-related health issues; others are vibrant, accomplished professionals or physically active or even competitive. As the world continues to change at a rapid pace, especially with ever evolving technology, the definition of “senior” may and should also evolve. While some may deem them “elderly,” many people over 65 are just beginning to realize new ways to impact the world and are continuing to achieve professionally and personally.
- The people turning sixty-five or older often don’t feel like senior citizens under the traditional definition.
- A lot of older citizens cling to their earlier definitions of how to live; in big houses away from the bustle of the city.
- Many older citizens worry about how to get around without being able to drive or what to do with a lifetime collection of personal items.
“According to the Oxford Canadian Dictionary, a senior citizen is “an elderly person, especially a person over 65”. And an elderly is, according to the same reference source, “rather old; past middle age.”