What's the Definition of “Old”? It Depends on Who You Ask


On a recent trip down South to visit my daughter, our Uber driver complained to us that he’s “an old man.” He’d just turned 60. Wait, I’m 60! If anything, I’ve just accepted that I’m no longer middle-age. So, who’s right? What defines ‘old’?

In The New York Times piece by Steven Petrow, “Am I Old”?, the meaning of “old” depends on the person you ask. (Published December 13, 2018.)

“. . . I was curious to see how my friends who are 50-plus defined old — and asked them on Facebook. Among the dozens of responses, two made me smile: “Old is my current age + 4.” And this: “Tomorrow. Always tomorrow. Never today.” Read the full article in The New York Times .

What’s your definition of old? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you have a personal essay on aging that you'd like to share? If so, I'd love to read it.  Send it my way!

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