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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2017 5:28:47 AM
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1. Where I live, the elderly are referred to as senior citizens. Do native speakers also use "senior citizens"?

2. Do native speakers also use "oldsters" to refer to the elderly?

Thanks.

Romany
Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2017 5:42:21 AM
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Yes - "senior citizens" seems to be a very popular descriptor in AE; and is perfectly understood everywhere. In BE people still tend to use "Pensioners" for people over 65 (or whatever Pension(Retirement) Age is now). Often "The over 65s" is used, or simply "Older people"
"Retirees" is sometimes used: but for some reason that's usually in respect of *wealthy* older people.

But, don't go calling older people "oldsters" unless you want to get hit over the head with a walking stick!
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2017 7:24:24 AM
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Thanks, Romany.
thar
Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2017 9:39:25 AM

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I would also add there is a difference between age and health status.
A person of sixty-seven could be a senior citizen, but they would never consider themselves elderly. Not til they are in their eighties. And not then if they are still competing in marathons! Whistle
ellana
Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2017 11:20:19 AM
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Some of us 'old folks' don't let numbers slow us down. I'm in my 70s and currently doing volunteer work in Nepal. I even sit on the back of a motorbike with my backpack going on narrow winding streets through muddy potholes. I hike regularly where I live, day hikes of 15+ kms and ascending elevations of up to 1000 metres. We are all seniors in my group, the patriarch is 78.

Is this called bragging rights?Dancing Dancing
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2017 11:37:59 AM
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Thanks to both of you.
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