Seniors or older people have
limited regenerative abilities and are more prone to disease, syndromes, and
sickness than other adults. For the
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biology of ageing, see
Senescence. The medical study of the aging process is gerontology, and the study
of diseases that afflict the elderly is geriatrics.
Seniors of course need the same services as anyone else
normally. However, when illness strikes the elderly many factors come into play
and this is where special services are needed. This page is here for those
Who a senior person is
cannot be defined exactly because it does not have the same meaning in all
societies. In many parts of the world, people are considered old because of
certain changes in their activities or social roles. For example, people may be
considered old when they become grandparents or when they begin to do less or
different work. In the United States and Europe, people are often considered old
if they have lived a certain number of years.
Many Americans think of 65 as the beginning of old age because United States
workers become eligible to retire with full Social Security benefits at age 65.
People in the 65-and-over age group are often called senior citizens. In 2003,
the age at which a person becomes eligible for full Social Security benefits
began to increase gradually until it reaches 67 in 2027. In Western societies,
everybody is declared to be "old" when they reach the ages of 45-50, and secure
their pension entitlement.
There are many stereotypes about the elderly folk, such as; the use of walking
sticks, frequent doctor visits, and sleeping a lot. These can be seen however to
be untrue and very judgmental, most old people are very capable of easy mobility
and caring for themselves, however there are some illnesses that can be seen to
come with old age.
Old age consists of ages nearing or surpassing the average life span of human
beings, and thus the end of the human life cycle. Euphemisms and terms for older
people include seniors (Chiefly American) or elderly. Some believe there to be
prejudice against older people in Western cultures, which is one form of ageism.
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