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Open topic: Don’t call me “Senior Citizen”



I hate Senior Month.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the concept. It’s the name I can’t stand.

Besides not being inclusive (what about non-citizens?), It mixes search engines endlessly.

I am the editor of www.seniorplanet.org. By the end of the school year, I get tons of spam email about prom dresses and college pay. Part of that is because lazy or inattentive PR people don’t bother looking at the website before emailing me. Part of this is because search engines don’t like nuance. And part of that is because we haven’t figured out what to call people “of a certain age.” (That term, by the way, has a sophisticated, continental feel to it, but it̵

7;s too long and really only seems to work in 19th-century French novels.)

it would be great to settle for a term that is descriptive, not “othering” (like “Boomer”), inclusive and appropriate. For me, ‘Senior Citizen’ is not enough.

I personally prefer ‘Older Person’, but that’s me.

What do you think people over 60 should be called? Let us know in the comments.

Virge Randall is the editor-in-chief of Senior Planet. She is also a freelance culture reporter looking for hidden gems and unsung (or underrated) treasures for Straus newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new twist on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at editor@seniorplanet.org.


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