Since my web site and newsletters are designed as services to people over age 50, the following “Dear Abby” item from today’s newspaper caught my eye.
A reader writes Abby: “Could you please tell me at what age can a person claim to be a senior citizen?”
(I’ve often wondered that, too. -LF)
Abby answers: “I have known some people in their 20s who were ‘older’ than many vibrant people in their 80s. Years ago, individuals were considered to be seniors at 65. But then AARP began soliciting people at age 50.
“The specific age to qualify for senior-hood isn’t carved in granite — as you will find in various restaurants and movie theaters.”
When I was in my 50s, I sure didn’t think of myself as a senior. Still, after age 50 it is time to recognize that some physical activities ought to be moderated, or there’s a price to be paid later. That doesn’t mean you should baby yourself. But it does mean that overuse injuries are more likely, and they won’t heal as fast as when you were younger.
As the saying goes, workouts should be “age appropriate.”