While many people have come to equate age 65 with the term “senior citizen,” it’s a distinction worth exploring – or perhaps debating. The question of when one becomes a senior citizen often lacks a definitive answer.
For some, it could simply mean reaching retirement age or becoming empty nesters. Meanwhile, others may see becoming a senior adult as a period of life defined by exploring new interests, spending more time with loved ones or rediscovering old passions. Regardless, there are specific milestones that signify you’ve reached that special age and mark the transition into the senior phase of life.
Defining Moments and Milestones for Seniors
In many ways, we define our life through each milestone we reach – graduation, marriage, parenthood, and retirement.
Researchers suggest that biological and chronological age could have significant implications on how we should understand legal age.
Chronological age is measured against your birthday and increases at the same rate for everyone. Biological age is the rate at which you’re aging physically. This number can vary from person to person because it’s influenced by genes and lifestyle choices such as eating and exercise habits.
Ultimately, it is a chronological age that determines many of the rights and privileges we have.
The average retirement age in the U.S. is now 61, according to a Gallup Survey. However, various circumstances may force some people to stop working earlier or later than planned. Health issues, relocation, caregiving responsibilities, and early retirement opportunities from an employer can all influence your decision to retire.
Qualifying for Medicare
Access to healthcare is a pivotal moment for many. Three months before turning 65, people can enroll in Medicare for the first time. Once enrolled, they can explore supplement options for additional coverage.
Social Security Eligibility
Similarly, the eligibility for Social Security benefits often aligns with reaching the age of 62. For many, this serves as another marker of entry into the senior phase, offering financial support during retirement.
Senior Living Communities
There is no right or wrong age to move into a senior living community. Many people choose to live in a senior living community long before they need any assistance simply for the incredible amenities, sense of community, and lifestyle that senior living offers. Research shows that community living can extend one’s life by 7-10 years – living longer and stronger.
At Senior Star, our residents enjoy hospitality, service and amenities similar to what you’d find at an upscale resort! Our residences offer all of the comforts and personal touches of home while giving you access to restaurant-style dining, concierge services and Signature transportation services.
Ultimately, it’s the people that make the difference within a senior living community. Caring associates and fellow residents become extended family. The relationships built within these communities foster a deep sense of belonging and comfort knowing that someone cares.
One of the perks of being considered a senior adult is access to discounts and special offers from a wide variety of businesses. From travel to dining and retail, these discounts provide an extra perk for reaching this milestone.
For instance, AARP offers members discounts on anything from eyewear and cell phone plans to meals at Outback Steakhouse and reservations at popular hotels.
Additionally, many restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, cruise lines and phone companies offer senior discounts directly. It never hurts to ask if a business has senior discounts when you check out!
Rethinking Age Stereotypes
There are lots of misconceptions about aging and what it is actually like to be a senior adult.
Seniors today break boundaries, lead active lives, embark on new adventures, and contribute significantly to society. They redefine aging, showcasing that life’s richness transcends a particular age or life stage.
Age is a measurement of time, but the depth of your experiences, the passion in your heart, and the curiosity in your mind are what truly define your years.
While certain aspects like Medicare, Social Security, and discounts may be tied to specific ages, the true essence of aging lies in how you embrace life.
Senior living can give you the freedom to embrace every moment, relish new experiences, and let the wisdom gained over the years guide you toward a fulfilling and vibrant life.