11 August 2008

Eldery smelderly

At what age does one become elderly? According to a report about an unfortunate incident in Sydney, it's when you're late 60s.

Since when is 69 elderly? I could understand this definition if we were living in 1808 with a much shorter life expectancy, but in 2008, this is ridiculous! Eighty-nine years old is elderly, for heavens sake: 69 decidely not. Retired yes, getting on a bit, perhaps, but not elderly.

Someone tell Helen Mirren, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Jack Nicholson, Sean Connery, Joan Collins and Dame Judy Dench that while they may not be quite there yet, they are now officially elderly.


Kath Lockett said...

I agree with you.....except for Mick Jagger. I so heartily wish that someone would tell him that he's elderly so that he'll shut up singing, retire and hide away. Bleugh.

delamare said...

Actually, I'm with you about Mick J. It's just that I don't think that anyone would ever call him elderly ... or really anyone south of 85!