I Didn’t Know….

I watch some TV news but my primary source is my IPAD or phone.  The picture is a screen shot of the banner from one of my regular sources.

elderly (Small)

About the only difference in the two headlines, one of them contains the word elderly.  The other headline nor article mentioned the victim’s age, leaving me to assume he or she wasn’t elderly.  The victim they identified as elderly is younger than me and it didn’t appear as if his age contributed to the accident.  I wondered why elderly was used in the headline.

I always thought elderly was an opinion, a condition or someone at least fifteen years older than me.  I checked my source.  Merriam-Webster says elderly starts at 64; I’ve been elderly for a while and didn’t even know it.  I don’t know if Mr. Webster thought 64 was a good age to be considered elderly or if it was Mr. Merriam’s idea.  Maybe it was hashed out in a conference room, I know I have spent a few days in conference rooms trying to agree on things of similar importance.

In today’s politically correct world maybe if the headline had said senior citizen instead of elderly I wouldn’t have written this post.

A few years ago I saw a church with parking spaces reserved “for the elderly”.  Those spaces were always empty, 85 year-old ladies would rather walk three blocks than to park in a space reserved for the elderly.  If those signs had said reserved “for senior citizens” there would have been a line wanting to know “how old do I have to be to get one of those parking places?”

I think these “elderly” wheels are starting to spin again, all the gears probably aren’t meshing but that has always been a problem.  I spent some time at the fair today.  If those thoughts come together I will try to share some of them.

I hope your day was good.  Please mention me in your prayers.

Good Night and God Bless.


3 thoughts on “I Didn’t Know….

  1. Dave, Tony’s grandmother was in her nineties when she entered the nursing home. She told me about her table mates at dinner. they were Lena VanMeter, Bessie French, and two elderly women.

  2. Oh my, I am not ready for the “elderly” title………..guess my age and my mind does not match!! Wow……………elderly, I don’t think so. You certainly got my brain turning! ha
    As always, love reading your post!

  3. I read an article about someone “elderly” the other day and had similar thoughts… I think I was about the same age of the “elderly” person. I didn’t like the sound of it at all. But I am enjoying my Senior diet coke at McD’s. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts from the fair to see if we were on the same mental track on that one. Lots of interesting people at the fair!

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