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Defining "Senior"

Manson Slik, December 13, 2012

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What do you think of when you think of the age group encompassed by “senior”? Maybe you think of your grandparents, or your parents. Perhaps you think of people aged 65 and older, and bonuses like seniors discounts. Maybe you remember the “stages of life” from a sociology class.

There is actually a lot of talk about what it means to be a senior, because the population is not only getting older, people are living longer. Most people spend about a decade in any one “stage of life” (infant, toddler, 8 years as a teenager, 10 as a young adult, an adult, etc.), except for the stage referred to as “a senior”. Nowadays, people can spend 25 or more years as a “senior”. In fact, some are arguing that “senior” should now refer to people who are 80 years plus.

The problem lies with the fact that within the category of “senior” defined as anyone who is 65 or older is that there is so much variation. Many of our clients are active, vibrant individuals well into their late  80's and even their 90's. While others have health concerns and are debilitated in their 60s, and 70’s. No other group is as large and varied as seniors.

At Gordon’s we prefer to think about seniors in terms of their stages of retirement, and these stages can last a long time, or be skipped entirely depending on the needs of the individual. They are retirement living, single level housing, downsizing, and age in place where some modifications are made to your current home and care comes to the home. These stages take into account the individual's health, mobility, and level of independence.

Written by Manson Slik

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