The term senior citizen
is a euphemism for persons who have reached a certain age, which may vary by different standards. It is most often used for legal or policy-related reasons in determining who is eligible for certain benefits available to the age group.
Age at which one is considered a senior citizen
The age at which one is officially viewed as a senior citizen varies, depending on the laws or regulations established by the government, corportation, or agency.
In the United States, the retirement age is currently 65, but is gradually increasing to 67. Some reduced benefits may be available to those who are 62, and some employers offer retirement as early as age 55.
In determining rates offered to various groups, such as for admission to museums, theaters, or other similar venues, the age may be 55, 60, 62, or 65, depending on the location.
In retirement communities, the age may be a little more relaxed, often at 50 or 55.
The AARP allows couples in which one spouse has reached the age of 50 to join, regardless of the age of the younger spouse.