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  1. Truthfully, I don’t mind being old or being called old. I love the wisdom that comes along with it and I embrace it even as some of my friends aren’t here to experience the same. In fact, that’s why I embrace it. I just don’t care what it’s called. I’m happy with the privilege of aging. I guess you can tell I just spent the day at Stanford Cancer Ctr with a friend.
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  2. Mid-Century Modern works for me. It is so hard to find terminology that does justice to this phase of life. It is really amazing the association we have to words and I too recoil at the idea of being thought of “elderly” and yes – mid century modern is much better.

  3. Katy Pasini

    Kim, this is so true … and too funny! I recently read an article by a marketing pro who said when marketing to Boomers, do not say anything about them getting old or being old. We just don’t want to hear it – and it makes us kinda mad. Mid-Century Modern – you nailed it!

  4. Your friend Kevin sent me a link to this post, and I’m so glad he did. It made me smile.

    I recently took a Coursera course about aging, and students frequently struggled with defining “old” and deciding what to call people who are. I think you just hit on something most of us can live with.

    I was born in 1948, so no matter who sets the parameters–AARP, MOW or my grandsons–I fall squarely within them. I embrace my gray hair and love my experience and wisdom, but given a choice, being called Mid-Century Modern beats “elderly” any day!

    Coincidentally, I write a blog about MCM design, which makes being called that all the more attractive to me.

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