Saturday, August 6, 2011

Senior Citizen-Who Me??

As I gal in her late fifties, there are quite a few adjectives I might use to describe myself-middle aged, baby boomer, early retiree, young widow. I'm sure that there are others. One word I would not use to describe myself is "senior".  Not that I have a problem with the description, it's just not a category I would put myself into.

The fact is though, lots of other people consider me a senior. Actually, it's surprising how many folks think that way, especially in light of the advanced life expectancy in the US.  Kroger, considers my a senior citizen at 55 and as such, gives me ten percent off every Kroger product.  The gal who cuts my hair (short, spiked and silver) hems and haws-she wants to offer me the senior discount but doesn't want me to be afraid. AARP wants, in fact regularly begs for my membership (I must get more junk mail from them than any other source).

I suppose I COULD get offended by all of this. I mean, good heavens! I'm not old, I'm in the height of middle age. I'm still healthy, active and involved.  but instead of being offended, I welcome the offers.

Why does all this not bother me?  Well........the bottom line is that I'm happy for the most part with who and where I am. I'm fifty something, going on sixty soon. Although I'm a bit overweight, I have an active lifestyle. I work out every day, I've returned to college, I take spur of the moment trips and adventures. I also have white hair, grown children, skin that while overall good still shows the years of outdoor living. In other words. I don't look twenty. Heck, I don't even look thirty. No one will ever mistake me for my daughter, and I'm not sure I would want them to (although she looks uncannily like I did at her age).  In other words, I'm comfortable in my own skin, and labels are just that.

So when the lady asks if I qualify for the senior discount at the hair studio, I smile and ask her what her age requirement is. I happily show the nice young man at Kroger my driver's license so he can enter my birthday into their information system. I take advantage of the senior day at the movies, and the ten percent off at the thrift store.

I definitely don't consider myself a senior citizen yet. But if others are willing to offer me the advantages of that label, I'll take them and smile.  And when I do get to senior citizen status-that will be fine too!


  1. Ha! Too funny. I always forget as well. In fact I am eligible for lots of discounts but I always forget to ask even though I am 61. Like you I exercise, eat well and think young.

  2. boy they can classify me however so long as I get a discount! :-) I'm 44 and no gray hair yet and not willing to dye it that color to look older LOL! I have a friend who's hair looks white and she wears it short and spiked but it's been that way as long as I can remember and I dont' think she's 60 yet - may have been late 40's/mid 50's when I met her.she's very active so it's hard to tell from just looking how old she is.


  3. There are all sorts of businesses wanting to give me a senior discount without asking me if I actually qualify. If they ask, "are you a senior?" I simply answer, "Yes." I've been getting the senior coffee at McDonalds for 3 years now, or before I even turned 60.

    I'm not sure what your objection to AARP is, but for the nominal membership fee there are literally thousands of merchants in all categories that give discounts just by showing the card. Plus, the monthly magazine is very well done and gives me all sorts of ideas for blog posts!

    So, being the frugal gal you are, I suggest you reconsider AARP and take every senior discount on the table.

  4. Bob, I certainly will rethink AARP. so far Ive found that my discounts in terms of travel seem to be better with triple A. My main objection to them is all the stuff I get about insurance (life, health, auto and long term) since I am blessed to have those convered except for long term and I get something from them almost every day.

  5. You are right about the other products they license to people like the Hartford. But, for many seniors having an organization like AARP giving it an endorsement is comforting and helps them from being overwhelmed by too many choices.

    I have found AARP and AAA rates are identical when I book travel. But, AARP has so many other discounts on all sorts of stuff AAA doesn't, I have found it well worth the cost.

    When I get the mailers for the insurance, etc I just toss them into the recycling bin. Realize that those mailings aren't all coming from AARP, but also companies who have paid to use their name and logo on the envelope.

    I sound like a spokesman for AARP, don't I ?

  6. It shows that you have prepared well for your retirement and you have a very positive outlook in life.

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  7. Just wanted to say "ditto" to what Bob said about AARP. For a nominal membership fee, you will get a wonderful magazine and a very good bulletin from them every month. Both giving lots of information and interest. All other magazines I read for free at the library.

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