DON’T CALL US “GEEZERS.” According to a national survey of 100 journalists who cover aging related issues, “older adults” is the preferred term to describe people in later life -- individuals otherwise known as senior citizens, seniors, the aging or aged, elderly, geezers, old-timers, over-the-hill, old farts.
Some of these terms are generational. “Seniors” is acceptable to most of the Silent Generation, less so to the Boomer Generation. But “aged” and some of the others are simply, sadly ageist. Older adult qualifies an individual’s age (as compared to a younger adult), rather than placing a label on him or her – especially one that infers a negative stereotype such as frailty or senility.