AP Style Elderly

AP Style holds that you should use this word carefully and sparingly. Do not refer to a person as elderly unless it is clearly relevant to your story.

It is appropriate in generic phrases that do not refer to specific individuals. For example,

  • Concern for the elderly
  • A home for the elderly

If the intent is to show that an individual’s faculties have deteriorated, cite a graphic example and give attribution for it. Use age when available appropriate.

Apple this same principle to terms such as “senior citizen.”

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