Who You Calling Old?

The other day, Westporters received an automated phone call. Police were looking for a female between the age of 60 and 70 years old. She wore a gray sweater.

A couple of hours later, another call came in. The “elderly” woman had been located.

Great news! Except for those between the ages of 60 and 70.

An alert “06880” put down her Geritol* long enough to wonder, “So anyone born before 1954 is now ‘elderly’?”


The line between “baby boomer” and “elderly” is razor-thin.

Laugh now, millennials.

*Reference made by people of a certain age, to a product associated with the elderly.

11 responses to “Who You Calling Old?

  1. If you’re on stage and your name is Jagger or McCartney, they’re not going to be calling you elderly. If you’re lost in the woods, they might…

  2. Stephen Rubin

    I was just 70 last week and I am clearly NOT old. I like to think of myself as almost 69. Might be some snow on the roof but a hot fire in the oven. Full steam ahead ! I also thank so many of you for happy birthday wishes. Onward…

  3. Comparative adjectives are pretty straightforward… young, younger, and the superlative, youngest, for instance; but have you ever wondered why “older” —especially as it describes a person — is generally thought of as being *younger* than “old”?

    • Good point, Ms. Shields! I’m still five years from 60, and I have to say the “elderly” grated a bit.

  4. Excuse me, but I resemble that remark!! LOL

  5. Bobbie Herman

    They say “middle-age is five years older than you are.” I’ve lost track of how long I’ve been 35.

  6. Holly Wheeler

    I was at a wedding not long ago, and the DJ was playing a lot of Stones and other good dance tunes of the late 60s/70s. As I watched the ‘elderly’ looking dancers, each singing along to the various songs, I said to my friend, “God, how do all of those oldies know the lyrics to these songs?” DUH.

  7. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    I’m days late for this, but so curious about Wesport’s automated phone call system. What prompts such calls? The only automated calls here, where I live, are from schools closing for snow days.