What would you like to be called? I’m Laurie Edwards-Tate with “LifeCycles.”
The Journalists Exchange on Aging surveyed news media who cover aging issues and asked how they refer to older people. Their top choice is simply the world “older.” The second choice is “senior.” But they never use “senior” for anyone under 65 year old. Boomer is OK, but most media don’t like the term Baby Boomers. The journalists recommend avoiding terms like spry, perky, chipper, feisty, sweet or little, as in “little old ladies.” Big no-nos include elderly, senior moment, oldsters or geezers.