What is the
Definition of Senior Citizen?

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It there a true definition of Senior Citizen?

“Being a senior citizen may be based on your age,
but it is not a specific age.
In general, however, once you turn 55
you start to enter the senior age demographic.”

reference: "At What Age Are You Considered a Senior Citizen?"

What Really IS
The Definition of Senior Citizen?

The definition of senior citizen is:_____________ (you fill in the blank)


It depends totally on who you are asking.

Senior Citizen, to many, just means “old”. Even “elderly”. And, a whole lot of us are not ready for that as our description much before 75. Am I right?


If you ask Medicare, you’ll get 65.

Social Security Administration gives you 62.

AARP (American Association of Retired People) say it begins at 50. 50! I’m only 68 and that makes me feel like a dinosaur. But, I love the discounts and other benefits I get as an AARP member. We’re going to talk more about this in a moment.

But, the real definition has to do with more than just age. Don't you agree?

There Are

the benefits for senior citizens

Here’s where the goodies are!

OK, if some young smartie is going to call me a senior citizen, fine. But, I don’t like it. And, I will scowl at him.

On the other hand, having that over 65 ID in my wallet gets me a LOT of benefits and discounts. I’m loving those!

And, I use them. You must also.

65 is the magic age where we see almost ALL the discounts beginning. And, they are lovely!

senior discounts

Out in the real world, Discounts are the #1 benefit of admitting you’re a 65+ senior. I mean we can get discounts on so many things such as:

  • Movie theater tickets

  • Airfare

  • Car rental

  • Hotels and Motels

  • Hair salons

  • Cell phones

  • Cell phone monthly plans

  • Insurances

  • Automobile service of every kind

  • Pet care

  • Technology (computers, etc…)

  • Sports tickets,.…

Nice! Huh?

You bet!

ALWAYS ask if there is a senior discount whenever you buy anything. You’ll be very surprised how often people say "Yes"!

And, be sure to get your AARP Membership card. This card will get you an enormous amount of great discounts and services. It costs only $16 per year. And, you only have to be 50 years old to apply for full benefits.

While we’re on the subject, take a look at all the membership benefits you can get as an AARP member.

So, by Definition,
WHO is Really a Senior Citizen?

At the end of the day, when we ask people about the definition of senior citizen as they see it, we get so many different responses.

A LOT of Baby Boomers (my age group) take great offense to being referred to as a senior citizen. They get get angry right away…. Their definition says 78 - 80. And, that could be correct for this day and age.

“People are living much longer than they used to:

When Social Security began in 1935,
the average life expectancy in the U.S. was 61 years.
Today, it's closer to 79.”


On the other hand, even my own Mom loved using her status to get things done for her. Her favorite line was, “Can you help a little old lady……” She was genius!

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Definition of Senior Citizen
The Bottom Line

The most commonly accepted general age as the definition of senior citizen seems to be 65.

OK. Does it really matter?

Yes, get those discounts!!

But, only you can decide when you are ready for the title. And, that’s OK too.

“As you can see, there is no set-in-stone way
of knowing when someone becomes a senior citizen.

Similarly, there is no general consensus
about what the different terminology means or implies.

So what does "old" really mean?
Ultimately, each of us must decide for ourselves.”

“Am I a Senior Citizen? Age, Terminology, and What ‘Old’ Really Means”

For a Happy and More Independent Tomorrow   ~ William

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