Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in Explore Baltimore County

“The whole idea of, ‘What is a senior?’ is undergoing a major change,” Erickson School Dean Judah Ronch recently told reporter Kevin Rector of Patuxent Publishing, “and that’s based on the experience of people as they age.” The article explores the finding that although the proportion of Baltimore County residents over 65 has remained constant, their physical activity level and how they think of themselves has changed dramatically, compared with a generation ago.

Ronch argues that, essentially, “people who are 65 now are much younger than people who were 65, 40 years ago.” For baby boomers now reaching the 65+ “senior citizen” age group, “being 65 is not that much different than being 55, so a lot of the categories we have used in the past are becoming obsolete.” This change has important implications for the services and programs that new seniors access, and the new resources they seek.

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