What Age is Considered Elderly?

When we are in our 20’s, 40 years of age seems rather old. When we reach our 40’s, 55 seems old. Google the question above and the results are to be considered elderly, you are between 65 and 68 years of age. Calling those in this age group elderly, who happen to be very active and you might get into a fight. Just sayin’.

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Working with Seniors 5 days a week, I can tell you the term “elderly” is a state of mind and not an age. Calling a person after the age of 65 a “Senior” comes with benefits and doesn’t mean “old age”.  Here are some definitions:

elderly

[el´der-le]  aged.

frail elderly

1.individuals over 65 years old who have functional impairments.
2.sometimes used to describe any adult over 75 years old.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

In my exercise classes, I teach ages between 75 and 99 years or better. My 90+ class members are the most vibrant and I would never call them elderly. Why is that? They are active and independent. They’ve led long lives of being successful and helping others. As long as we are able to be independent and active, our mind will keep us young.
The fountain of youth is found in continuing to learn new things, exercise, stretch, eat well and meditate. Oh, one more thing about having a young mind, don’t watch the news all day. It can be very stressful and put you in a bad mood. Practice breathing in deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth like your blowing out a candle. Be aware of your surroundings and as I tell my Seniors, behave only if you want to.
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