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Megs: How Old Is ‘Elderly’

On her Twitter account, young colleague Meghann Cuniff wonders: "When do you become elderly? I lean toward 75 and up. What about a couple in their 60s?" At 61, I definitely want to fudge toward the higher end of Meghann's scale. I've seen some spry 75YOs. And my mother is still going strong at 85. On the other hand, if Meghann wants to combine ages for a couple, I'm okay, too. My wife is 6 years younger. Then, when I'm 66, she'll be 60 -- and Meghann will toss us both under the Old Folks bus.

Question: At what age do you consider someone "elderly"?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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