What's in a
by Bill Bowman
The reason - and this is quite true - why many older people
will not join pensioners' organisations, is that word -
To them it is anathema, carrying visions of decrepit and hunched
old men and women hobbling around on sticks and begging for
Completely untrue of course but how do we persuade them
otherwise? What do we put in its place?
This is a term often used these days and it conjures up a
completely different picture to that of zimmers and shawls. It
suggests strong, determined people who, though they may
be knocking on a bit, are not to be ignored nor taken lightly,
people who realise their worth and their Power.
And make no mistake about it; they do have Power. They are the
most influential group of voters in the country and as such can
determine more than any other single group of voters who governs
But maybe you think Grey sounds rather drab and colourless. So
what else have we got?
Here are several other suggestions, together with their
Senior or Senior Citizen
Suggests mature people of vast experience. People who have grown
into wisdom. A steadying influence who keep the rest of the
country's feet on the ground. Like Greypower, this name
also suggests strong, determined people who, though they may
be knocking on a bit, are not to be ignored nor taken lightly.
A disrespectful term invented by irreverent youngsters.
Parents children visit on Christmas Day' then forget the rest of
Crafty old sods who know all the tricks of the trade when it
comes to getting a free drink.
Blue Rinse Mob
Ladies who go to all the tea dances with their gold or silver
shoes at the ready and who talk and laugh in loud, cut glass
Never stop moaning or telling everyone how much better
everything was in their days.
On the (s)crap heap.
Constantly risk heart attacks with their non-stop jogging.
Always wear shorts and baseball caps.
Those who are in the habit of being too early for the bus and
cannot use their bus pass!
Know all the times for half-priced hair-cuts and all the places
where they serve cheap meals.
Darby & Joan
Brings to mind a loving old couple sharing a seat in the
park or a half shandy in the club
Slow moving but elegant. Conjures a vision of Zimmers and
There are many other names for Pensioners - some of them even
printable: Over 60s, The Aged, Old Timers, etc. etc.
Which of those mentioned do you prefer, or maybe you can suggest
something quite different?
Maybe then we would come to understand; What's in a Name?
3 guesses what name Seniors Network prefers?