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In July, The Economist suggested that we need a word for productive people over 65. Some suggestions were: Geriactives, sunsetters, nightcappers, nyppies (Not Yet Past It), and owls (Older, Working Less).
Any other suggestions and opinions?
How about 'working seniors' in US English?
A 'home for the aged', in India, tends to be for destitute people with one foot
in the grave.
My brother, when he started his career as an assistant professor, got a
student evaluation saying, 'Started out green, but aged like a fine wine
over the semester.'
"Working seniors" sounds OK to me, but the whole thing sounds like a
kind of slippery issue. A lot - maybe most of recent retirees I know -
take paid work, usually but not always part-time, unless of course they
retired for medical reasons or become ill right after retirement. Most
of the rest seem to take up so many hobby and volunteer activities that
they assure those of use who are still working that they are more active
than ever. Only those who are ill and/or very old and frail as well as
retired seem to be non-productive, either financially or through doing
volunteer work or work around the house. It would seem that the default
assumption should be that people over 65 are productive to some degree
or other, although they probably won't be employed full time.