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old age

the last period of human life, now often considered to be the years after 65.
1300-50; Middle English
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old-age, adjective Unabridged
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  • Note how many writers have not lived happily, or to old age.
  • There is a story that in old age he was stopped for speeding after a wild chase featuring three motorcycle cops.
  • old age is tough on brains, sapping them of a variety of abilities.
  • Of course if you live to a ripe old age in a bad financial market environment it could disappear.
  • No surprise then that both taught, and taught exceptionally well-and into old age.
  • New technology is bringing people a longer and more active old age.
  • Sickness is different in this respect: few of us will escape it, especially during the scourge of old age.
  • These are the workers that are going to care for you and provide their taxes to you in your old age.
  • The signs of old age become steps towards that confrontation, with a lifetime to resolve it all.
  • Most of us will die in the prison of old age, perhaps liberated by senility into incomprehension.
Encyclopedia Article for old age

in human beings, the final stage of the normal life span. Definitions of old age are not consistent from the standpoints of biology, demography (conditions of mortality and morbidity), employment and retirement, and sociology. For statistical and public administrative purposes, however, old age is frequently defined as 60 or 65 years of age or older

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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