Is 45 the new 75?

Okay, on the subway the other night, on the way home from the Emily Giffin book signing, I saw this ad for a government program to help unemployed people find work.
Good program, sounds like–usually these things are just for teens and young adults–but calling it a program for seniors??? Over 45 you’re a senior? Give me a break!

Okay, it says neighbourhood link/senior link. But just the word senior under the age 45 was enough to get my back up.

Maybe I’m just a little too close to that age, not to be taken aback by seeing that age group lumped in with seniors. I thought 40 was the new 30. Humph!

  4 comments for “Is 45 the new 75?

  1. July 23, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    As someone who used to work in the field of government sponsored employment programs, I can say this kind of service is desperately needed. That said, I can’t believe that the word ‘senior’ is in the copy. I mean, really, what is that? I have heard this kind of program described as being geared to ‘experienced workers’, but never ‘senior’. Ack. How insulting.

  2. July 23, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    Yes, it isn’t the program I took issue with, but the proximity of the word senior to the age 45. I’m just coming to grips with the ideas that the 40’s might be considered middle aged :-) My mom, in her 70’s, thinks she’s middle aged.

  3. July 23, 2006 at 9:52 pm

    And I thought the age thing only happened in the U.S. Over 45 – senior? Ridiculous! Even 50 is ridiculous. You should at least be of retirement age before you’re a senior.

  4. July 24, 2006 at 1:23 am

    It must be a typo!!!

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