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Updated: 2016-05-16T13:26:57.516-07:00

 



I agree Carol, that we need to think about what ar...

2008-02-05T17:23:00.000-08:00

I agree Carol, that we need to think about what are acceptable labels and that one label does not "fit all". Perhaps Walt has the right idea - we may need to design programs that do not mention aging labels.



Well, actually, some of us pre-boomers are neither...

2008-02-05T14:09:00.000-08:00

Well, actually, some of us pre-boomers are neither in our seventies nor wild about being called senior, aged, elderly, decrepit, whatever.

I'm 62. I'm a pre-boomer, whatever that means. I'm frankly just not wild about being labeled either in terms of not-youngness or some mythical generation. I suppose "older adult" is less troublesome than some terms...

And I'm reading your blog, but not without a certain discomfort about the title.



Hi Isabelle,I have found for years that some older...

2008-02-05T07:47:00.000-08:00

Hi Isabelle,

I have found for years that some older adults are sensitive to the "senior" term. On the other hand, the pre-boomers, who are in their 70's and beyond, don't (generally) tend to have a problem with it.

I think trying to use one term as a catchall for both groups is going to have inherent problems. The boomer group is getting bigger, while the original "senior" group is getting smaller, and the tendency is to focus on the larger numbers. Switching terms to fit the Boomer group is going to exclude parts of the older group who are used to (and happy with) the term "senior."

I don't have any solutions yet, but I think finding acceptable labels is something we need to be working on, keeping in mind that a label that's acceptable to a boomer may not be acceptable to the generation of boomers' parents (and vice-versa).