Letter to the Editor

No judgment attached to ‘elderly’

Martha Lewis [Free For All, Feb. 9] objected to the description of a 68-year-old murder victim as “elderly,” stating, “I hardly consider it apt.”

As someone who works daily with the elderly, I can assure Lewis that the National Institute of Health terms a person older than 60 to be elderly; the World Health Organization deems people older than 65 to be elderly, and, of course, AARP invites your membership when you turn 50.

What’s wrong with being “elderly”? Our society will forgo our fetish with youth only when we learn to embrace our age and the many descriptions of it, including “mature,” “well-seasoned” and “elderly.”

Pamela Harms, Dumfries

 
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