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2018-01-01 02:46:42 PM  
Well, Tom Brady is 40, and they call him elderly.
 
2018-01-01 02:54:29 PM  
I'm 73 and I can still do things just as stupid as when I was 23.
 
2018-01-01 02:54:31 PM  
Just how old is elderly? "Rather old," according to Merriam-Webster, who doesn't really help matters. "Being past middle age."

Chuckle. Nice play dictionary.
 
2018-01-01 02:55:25 PM  
Depends on the person.

"Elderly" to me is subjective and includes some measure of age-related physical frailty.

It's like asking what age means "adult". (not the legal age of majority, btw).
 
2018-01-01 02:57:04 PM  

oldernell: I'm 73 and I can still do things just as stupid as when I was 23.


I'm 53 and I just did a powerslide in a snowy parking lot (in the empty part, I have learned a few things).  Fun and stupid know no age limits.
 
2018-01-01 03:03:36 PM  
My answer continues to creep upwards as my own age increases.

I've known people younger than I am now who acted elderly. Not sure it's about age as much as attitudes.
 
2018-01-01 03:14:52 PM  
When they say "there's no good new music anymore".
 
2018-01-01 03:15:52 PM  
A older women was in front of me at Tractor Supply, and needed some assistance in the back of the store.  The clerk sent her back, and called to them that an "elderly woman" was on her way.  My first words to him when it was my turn were, "Elderly?  How dare you!"  (It was clear I was kidding, but he got frazzled anyway.)

It does seem pejorative.
 
2018-01-01 03:19:37 PM  
I just turned 70 and I hold down a full time job and work out at the gym an hour a day.  Frankly, I don't feel elderly, in the sense of weak and feeble or in losing patience or attention in what I do.
 
2018-01-01 03:23:12 PM  
I'm 54, and 3 years into my second career. I suppose I'll be elderly when I retire. I dunno.
 
2018-01-01 03:23:39 PM  
Im 93 and I read Fark every day
 
2018-01-01 03:24:33 PM  
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2018-01-01 03:24:33 PM  
When a massive chili fart results in a broken hip.
 
2018-01-01 03:24:51 PM  
Every time I go to Subway in this small town (7,400), they cheerfully ask "55 or older?" Every single time. It's been almost 3 years.
I started saying "NO.  Still no. I'll let you know."
They finally stopped asking, and I looked at my receipt one day -- they just started giving me the senior discount, probably assuming I'm lying. LOL.
 
2018-01-01 03:25:57 PM  
When you realize everyone you've ever masturbated to is dead.

This also puts you in a very odd Venn diagram subset.
 
2018-01-01 03:27:29 PM  
Elderly is best defined as when a bowel movement is the highlight of one's day.

53 here and elderly
 
2018-01-01 03:27:47 PM  
O_O   Oh shiat... I have a game room with a huge 4k tv and a sweet surround sound system.  My SO invited his 20 and 18 yo kids down for game night.  We played old retro Atari games and his kids let out an audible groan.

Does that make me old?
 
2018-01-01 03:28:06 PM  

gunther_bumpass: When they say "there's no good new music anymore".


I'm going with this.
 
2018-01-01 03:29:40 PM  
About 8:30 this morning
 
2018-01-01 03:30:11 PM  
When you wake up and realize you've hurt yourself sleeping.

/not mine
 
2018-01-01 03:31:07 PM  

Hankie Fest: Every time I go to Subway in this small town (7,400), they cheerfully ask "55 or older?"


Welp, at least they ask.
I miss a few "discounts" 'cause they don't ask, and I forget to.
What were we talking about again?
Damn whippersnappers.
 
2018-01-01 03:32:09 PM  
I'm 41 and joke about being old, but I agree with the other posters - it's mostly a frame of mind.

And senior discounts.
 
2018-01-01 03:32:12 PM  
When you have to start paying attention to the length of your shorts, so your balls don't hang out below the cuffs...
 
2018-01-01 03:32:14 PM  
Elderly = Grandparent.
 
2018-01-01 03:33:36 PM  
Consider my dick and liver to be elderly, my brain too.
 
2018-01-01 03:33:44 PM  
I'll say this about Roy Moore.  He doesn't let things like "labels" or "titles" get in the way of a good time.
 
2018-01-01 03:34:22 PM  
Want to know if you're old? Fall over. If people laugh, you're young. If they rush to help you looking worried, you're old.
 
2018-01-01 03:34:36 PM  
20s and 30s - young adult
40s and 50s - middle aged
60s and above - elderly

/I turn 60 in a few months
 
2018-01-01 03:35:19 PM  
It's always my age + 5 years. But I won't tell you how old I am.
 
2018-01-01 03:35:46 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: When you realize everyone you've ever masturbated to is dead.

This also puts you in a very odd Venn diagram subset.


I read your post to my wife, and she said, "Those Farkers spend a lot of time discussing masturbation, don't they?"

/Kind of elderly.  I'll be 70 this year, but I don't really feel old inside.
 
2018-01-01 03:36:28 PM  
When they're about 15 years older than whatever age I happen to be.
 
2018-01-01 03:36:41 PM  
I just had a 55+ Fit Egg White Scramble at Denny's an hour ago.  I think I felt the elderly thing happen around the time of my declining a refill of coffee.
 
2018-01-01 03:36:44 PM  
I think its when you stop telling how old you are in half years.
 
2018-01-01 03:36:57 PM  
I'm 114 and I'm still waiting for hair to sprout where my bathing suit covers.
 
2018-01-01 03:37:00 PM  

gunther_bumpass: When they say "there's no good new music anymore".


I'm 42 and I started saying that fifteen years ago.
 
2018-01-01 03:37:00 PM  
When you describe yourself or others describe you as "____ years young".

/ ooh how cheeky
// because we expected "___ years old"
/// they played the ol' switcheroo
 
2018-01-01 03:37:03 PM  
I got my first one of these the other day:

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2018-01-01 03:37:13 PM  
When they are old
 
2018-01-01 03:37:14 PM  
If you take longer than 2 minutes to pay for something in a check-out line, you're elderly.
 
2018-01-01 03:37:45 PM  
For the sake of this thread, and general knowledge,  Internet ashe is similar to dog-years.   1 people year = 7 dog years.   1 people year = 2.5 Internet years.

So, when someone tells you their age online, divide or multiply by 2.5 (depending on if they are trying to be younger or older).
 
2018-01-01 03:37:51 PM  

cowgirl toffee: O_O   Oh shiat... I have a game room with a huge 4k tv and a sweet surround sound system.  My SO invited his 20 and 18 yo kids down for game night.  We played old retro Atari games and his kids let out an audible groan.

Does that make me old?


No, it makes you cool. Playing old video games is not "acting old" any more than reading old books.
 
2018-01-01 03:38:07 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: When a massive chili fart results in a broken hip.


If it's your hip, you're elderly.  If the shock wave breaks someone else's hip, you're spry.
 
2018-01-01 03:38:45 PM  
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2018-01-01 03:38:50 PM  
My dad works a full time is collar job, and farms on the side. He is on a beer league curling team on Friday nights, and my parents are out with any number of friends most weekends  (they were up later than my wife and I last night). He regularly hunts, fishes, and goes camping.

My father in law has a desk job that he is increasingly pawning off on his employees, has two hearing aids, and is getting forgetful. He avoids driving on the freeway if possible, and only goes out at night if it is to the local neighborhood diner. His favorite vacation recently was to a friend's second home in Palm Springs. They are very excited for a guided bus tour of California they are taking this spring.

The two men are the same age (64) almost to the month. While there is a certainly a physical component to "elderly", the actual age number is irrelevant. If you met my dad, you'd think he was early/mid 50s. My father in law you would think was easily 70-75.
 
2018-01-01 03:38:54 PM  

Soulless Carbon Rod: It's always my age + 5 years. But I won't tell you how old I am.


I know.  You're (X-5).
 
2018-01-01 03:39:12 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: cowgirl toffee: O_O   Oh shiat... I have a game room with a huge 4k tv and a sweet surround sound system.  My SO invited his 20 and 18 yo kids down for game night.  We played old retro Atari games and his kids let out an audible groan.

Does that make me old?

No, it makes you cool. Playing old video games is not "acting old" any more than reading old books.


Thanks... I thought it made me an old asshole.  Now I know I'm a cool asshole. :)
 
2018-01-01 03:39:37 PM  
After living through 2016 and 2017.

/ We're all old anyway, duh, star stuff.
 
2018-01-01 03:40:24 PM  
My elderly father was complaining about NPR and how it is so politically correct all the time.  He hates being called elderly.  I am so posting this on his facebook wall.
 
2018-01-01 03:41:03 PM  

CoysOdie: Hankie Fest: Every time I go to Subway in this small town (7,400), they cheerfully ask "55 or older?"

Welp, at least they ask.
I miss a few "discounts" 'cause they don't ask, and I forget to.
What were we talking about again?
Damn whippersnappers.


I am 61 so I am at the age where a number of places have a senior discount but a lot of them start at 65. I am still learning to ask.

When I was in my 30's and working at a place that had a senior discount at 55 I hated senior discount day. How do you ask? I finally settled for "Do you qualify for our extra discount today? 55 or older get and extra 10% off". Only offended a few people.
 
2018-01-01 03:41:10 PM  

cowgirl toffee: HMS_Blinkin: cowgirl toffee: O_O   Oh shiat... I have a game room with a huge 4k tv and a sweet surround sound system.  My SO invited his 20 and 18 yo kids down for game night.  We played old retro Atari games and his kids let out an audible groan.

Does that make me old?

No, it makes you cool. Playing old video games is not "acting old" any more than reading old books.

Thanks... I thought it made me an old asshole.  Now I know I'm a cool asshole. :)


Since you're on Fark, "asshole" is assumed. This applies to me as well, obviously.
 
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