Academic societies propose defining elderly as those aged 75 or older


Academic societies in Japan on Thursday proposed defining "elderly" people as those aged 75 or older from 65 or above at present, reflecting the fact that many senior citizens remain physically and mentally vibrant.

The Japan Gerontological Society and the Japan Geriatrics Society suggested calling people aged 90 and above "super-elderly," while proposing that that "semi-elderly" be applied to people aged between 65 and 74.

After analyzing various health-related data for senior citizens, the gerontological society found that the average physical and mental abilities of old people in the same age group have been improving every year.

According to the gerontological society, most people aged between 65 and 74 can still actively engage in social activities and creating an environment in which senior citizens can work and participate in volunteer activities is important amid the nation's rapidly graying population.


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