A survey asks, how old is old? Respondents' answers were complicated

Written by Stacey Burling
Published by The Philadelphia Inquirer on
When is someone old?
This is a controversial question. Some people bristle at the mere mention of that loaded word: old. It is burdented with baggage--wrinkles, physical disability, dementia, grief, death--that have made a word about a whole, multi-faceted stage of life feel negative. It's not like being young is wonderful every day, but somehow that word has kept its rosy glow.