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Old age (I looked it up) refers to ages nearing or surpassing the life expectancy of human beings, and is thus the end of the human life cycle. (Wikipedia)
Seriously, Wikipedia..."the end of the human life cycle"?
Who wants to know that?
FYI, dear readers, the organic process of aging is called 'senescence' — while the medical study of the aging process is called 'gerontology.' You'd think they could get those two to meet, match, coincide or at least be spelled similarly. Senescology? No, but I digress. Old people digress a lot, have you noticed?
So, yes, I researched, to some degree, the subject of age:
Terms and euphemisms for those approaching the end include old people, seniors, senior citizens, older adults, the elderly, and (in many cultures, including the cultures of aboriginal peoples) elders.
However, in my experience, impending old age (my own euphemism) is called horror.
"Old people often have limited regenerative abilities and are more susceptible to disease, syndromes, and sickness than younger adults."
How horrible is that? I don't want to be susceptible to a syndrome, having already had more than my share of diseases and sicknesses, even as a younger, but not much younger adult.
|No longer very young|
I just realized I led myself into discussing this subject while in the process of preparing a former post
which was about about elephants.
You know elephants: they never forget, unlike yours truly here who forgets everything, and I think they live for squillions of years if they aren't shot or, worse still, left to die after a hunter has removed their tusks.
Oh, wait! Re elephants—not squillions of years of age at all. I looked it up: 60 to 70 years, it seems, somewhat less than what I expected my life expectancy to be.
But that means I have lived longer than an elephant, even if Jumbo lives to a ripe-old-elephant-age.
Sharing with Lady Fi's wonderful meme "Our World Tuesday"