According to the Telegraph in the UK, the answer is “yes.” And it seems that more and more, clinicians in the aging business are dropping the use of the word “elder” and “elderly” and instead are using the term “older adult” (as do I).
Interestingly, there seems to be a lot of resistance in the legal field for dropping this term – in fact, an entire legal field uses the dread term, e.g., “elder law attorneys.”
What do you think? Is the term “elder” OK? Or is it tantamount to calling someone a “codger” and the like? I’m curious what you think.