Sure I'm for helping the elderly. I'm going to be old myself some day.
-Lillian Carter, in her 80s

From "I'm Too Young to Be Seventy: And Other Delusions" by Judith Viorst:

At Seventy

Instead of "old,"
Let us consider
Or maybe "oldish,"
Or something, anything,
That isn't always dressed
In sensible shoes
And fading underwear.
Besides which,
Seventy isn't old.
Ninety is old.
And though eighty
Is probably old,
We needn't decide that
Until we get there.
In the meantime
Let us consider
Drinking wine,
Making love,
Laughing hard,
Caring hard,
And learning a new trick or two
As part of our job description
At seventy.

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