I am no longer old – according to a proposal from the Japanese

On the day that my 41 year old son had the news that he will have to work until he is 68 before receiving a state pension, I read of the proposal that someone of my age (69) is no longer to be termed old.

In Japan, a joint committee of the Japan Gerontological Society and the Japan Geriatrics Society has suggested that, since so many citizens are living so much longer,  people aged 65-74 should be classified as “pre-old age”, while those between 75-89 would be termed “old” and those aged 90 and above would be described as “super-old”.

Whether I am termed old or not, I do feel rather privileged and have written some observations on “Why It’s Fun To Be In One’s Sixties In Britain”.


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