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Old 09-23-2016, 08:53 AM   #41
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The question can't be answered IMHO, because I see people every day who are "chronologically challenged" yet I would never consider them "old." Similarly, I see others who have far fewer years on them but act "old."

Kind of like asking when you become middle-aged. It all depends.
Chronologically challenged! I will have to remember that one.

All my body parts are quite used (or pre-owned in today's car language), but I'm still OK. I won't use that ugly word mentioned in the thread title.
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:57 AM   #42
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Chronologically challenged! I will have to remember that one.

All my body parts are quite used (or pre-owned in today's car language), but I'm still OK. I won't use that ugly word mentioned in the thread title.
Now you are talking my language. As Alan Jackson said in one of his songs. (Work in Progress) " I need a major tune up. Maybe a full, body-off, restoration"
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Sad that everyone perceives "old" as "bad," considering we are all getting older unless we die first.

I decided I was old at the point that, in photos taken from the year of my birth, the clothes, hair, and especially the cars looked quaint.

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To me, it's bad when your body deteriorates to the point that you can't do a lot of the things you used to enjoy. To some extent you can find new things, of course, but when you have to give up your driver's license, you can walk only limited distances, etc. that's getting old. I'm not there yet and not looking forward to it.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:34 AM   #45
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When they become "invisible".

Today that's about 45.
+1. Beautifully stated
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heh heh heh - I agree. 73 and still moving. 23 years young in ER this year.
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I'm six months older than my husband, so I will always be "old" to him.

Other than that, it's state of mind/health. I've seen plenty in their 50's look like they are ready to roll into a grave, and many over 70 who can easily outrun my 5k pr.
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My son told me that I was "old" when I passed about 50. I was startled and we had a good natured debate about it. When I turned 60 he said I was definitely old. I pointed out my mother was 90. And, no way did I see myself as "old" compared to her. His comment was that she isn't old -- she's ancient.
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But seriously, old is when you smell old. You know what I'm talking about! Old people smell different. Old wimmen smell like pee and too much talcum powder and old men smell like stale cigars and a slight sour sweat.
Hmmm, I'll check DW when she gets back from the gym. At her age of 71, I don't remember her smelling like that...but maybe my sense of smell was taken when I had my hip replaced a few years ago?
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DW's daughter recently said that the 4 year old granddaughter informed her that her grandfather (DW's ex, who is ~ 9 years younger than me) and the lady with whom he lives are "Old"......granddaughter then went on to specify that DW & I were "Not old".

(As is said.....you're only young once, but you can be immature forever.)
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A person is considered old when they are addressed as 'sir'. When you describe some activity recently engaged in and someone says, "Well good for YOU!" (As if you just finished your peas and didn't spill too much on your shirt) Recently for me, it was with a physical therapist who said that when I told her I teach skiing part time and race off road motorcycles in the off season. "Well good for you!" She said.

Bah!
I know what you mean. A couple of months ago I had some physical therapy for an injury, and I took in a copy of the workout I do at the gym every other day. He looks that over and says "You're in pretty good shape" and I'm feeling like all those workouts are paying off. But then he had to throw in the qualifier "For a man your age".

Grrrrr!
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You are old when; you're driving 40 in a 60 MPH zone for no apparent reason, traffic backed up behind you, oblivious to it, without a care in the world.
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I know what you mean. A couple of months ago I had some physical therapy for an injury, and I took in a copy of the workout I do at the gym every other day. He looks that over and says "You're in pretty good shape" and I'm feeling like all those workouts are paying off. But then he had to throw in the qualifier "For a man your age".

Grrrrr!
History is full of men that had amazing capabilities and are no more. For instance, there was Gaius Marius who was a first man of Rome back around 100 B.C. I'm sure back then he had times when he was "Grrrr'ing" too. Especially when being upstaged by the next upcoming guy (Sulla).

So I'm trying to get comfortable with aging. Just trying to do it gracefully is a challenge ... but worth it.
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I am old. It took a long, long time and much hard work for me to get this old, so I'm going to celebrate the fact.
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It seems that nearly everyone agrees that there is no particular age that qualifies as old. Individual differences rule.

Kind of like asking what level of power would qualify someone to be labeled as either "strong" or "weak".
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