There is no clearly defined age when an American becomes a senior citizen. Some people might consider themselves seniors when they are invited to join AARP, qualify for Medicare, or officially retire from the workplace. Some 96 percent of current 50-year-olds don’t consider themselves senior citizens and only slightly over half (56 percent) of 64-year-olds say the term senior citizen applies to them, according to a Del Webb survey released today.
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The 50-year-olds in the survey say they are not senior citizens because they are under age 65, aren’t eligible for entitlements, and simply don’t feel like a senior. And about half the 64-year-olds say senior citizen status does not apply to them because they don’t feel like a senior and are still active and young at heart. The 64-year-olds who embrace the term say they are seniors because they get senior discounts and are over age 60.
Both the older and younger baby boomers indicate that they feel younger than their chronological age. The 50-year-olds say they feel a median age of 39 and the 64-year-olds generally feel 50. The younger boomers say a person becomes old at age 78, while the older boomers indicate that old age begins at 80.
Tell us, when do you become a senior citizen?