Thursday, February 09, 2006

Early-Onset Seniority

Before long, you’ll be considered a senior citizen at about the same time you’re a senior in high school.

It used to be 65 was retirement age, and was also a good indicator of “senior” status. Whatever that is.

Over the years the milestone age of senior citizenship has been gradually lowered to 55 and even 50, which is the minimum age for AARP membership. (Strange that such an organization would be courting the “youth” market.)


Even as a thirtysomething, I don't feel safe from the ever-broadening designation of "seniority."

My question is, does anyone really want to order off the senior discount menu that badly? Personally, I can wait.

Americans are
living longer now than ever before. Shouldn’t we be raising the minimum senior age?

Well, I’m off to bingo. You young people behave yourselves. Keep that music down, and don't smoke marijuana cigarettes or have the sex.

12 comments:

Paddys_Gal said...

I personally don't want to be considered a "Senior" until I'm at least 80, but some people just want to save a buck and don't care what label comes with the savings.
For example, oh, you have a 20% off discount for Total Assholes? Yes, I certainly do qualify, ask anyone - and thank you!

Pete Bogs said...

they're raising the military recruitment age, so why not this one? it's completely senseless...

Mr Q said...

I agree with the gal. It is nice to get the discount, especially when you're getting your ALPO dinner.
I am pro-lowering the age as long as
all retirement kicks in at the same time.

Pete Bogs said...

guys, if you want a senior discount, do what I do - get a fake ID! in some situations, I'm actually 66 years old... it works to my benefit... Social Security is a great thing... lol

Jack K. said...

Pete, it helps to remember that age is only a number. I remember a couple years ago while traveling through Texas, I stopped at a McDonalds for a drink. After I ordered it and asked how much I owed, I was told that it cost only 50 cents. Wow, 50 cents for a $1.50 drink was quite a discount. Upon inquiry I was told it was the senior price. My next question was, "What did I do to give it away?" She wouldn't say. Oh well.

Another thing I've noticed since I am also watching my intake, I don't need as much. My wife and I find that we can share a regular meal. And I am not complaining either.

By the way the photo that accompanys this comment was take a couple of years after the McDonald's incident.

Pete Bogs said...

that's good advice, Jack... it's just odd to me to see that number getting lower even as we live longer... seems backwards is all...

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

I can look forward to senior formula feed!

/grrrrrr

Pete Bogs said...

it's Cycle 7 for you, dog...

Bird said...

I'll touch this.

LOWER it? geesh- my brain is frying up so fast - I'm forgetting things I didn't even know. Woohoo - in a few more years I, get a 25 cent discount on a matinee movie theater ticket.

We may be living longer, but that doesn't mean our brains and bodies are meant to. And there is an "age" ceiling - companies don't like older workers. And it sucks to be close to retirement and let go by a company (which happens) you end up losing the full benefit of your retirment package, plus you getto re-enter the job market and compete against younger ones who will do the same work as you for a lesser price - plus - your health insurance costs more, because, uh, you're FUCKING OLD and your body is falling apart.

I'm not sure what the problem is - yeah people can retire early - but they can't draw social security in full before 63. Folks that retire early are the ones who have paid their dues - started in on some job in their early twenties and have accrued a public pension or saved their hard-earned cash. Or are just plain rich.

Or, am I so old that I'm missed the point of the posts and comments. Dadgumit - where are my spectacles?

Pete Bogs said...

not entirely, Bird... it just makes little sense to me to shift the age lower as we live longer... that means we'll eventually spend MOST of our lives as seniors...

Bird said...

have i missed something? retirement age via social security is not being lowered.

retirement age via private and public pension plans has always been based on years invested in the plan.

withdrawal from IRAs and 401ks before the appropriate age (which again, hasn't been lowered) costs the individual big bucks in penalties and taxes - paid to the govmnt.)

if businesses want to grant senior discounts to folks at age 50 - that's a business decision - we baby boomers are huge demographic - always have been - and businesses want our money. sothey offer just enough of a discount to snicker us almost drooling, doddering, soon-to-be old folks in.

and if we keep extending life expectancy - many of us will spend most of our lives as seniors.

but as the saying goes, growing old ain't for sisssies.

"hope I die before I get old. talkin' bout my g-g-g-generation...."

Pete Bogs said...

Bird, I'm not talking about the lowering of any official designations like Social Security... this is purely about what defines a "senior citizen?" besides not wanting to feel old, it makes little sense to broaden that definition when people are living longer... but, then again, I am one of those people who hates seeing Xmas stuff in August... what's the hurry with all this marketing crap anyway?