"How old you are is as old as you are in your heart and the perception of old in your mind,” said Priscilla Kadi, Assistant Director of DAAS. “Clinically, old starts at 65, but I believe it's a state of mind."
Priscilla is not ashamed of saying that she is old. “I am old because I have an incredible amount of experience, life experience that qualifies me to say I have old age wisdom now.”
When asked, “How Old is Old?” Frank Migali, Bureau Chief of Community Service Programs in DAAS responded, “I’ve never really thought about it. Programmatically, old is over the age of 60, but if I had to give you a number I would say over 70. But, there is definitely a difference in 70s, 80s and 90s when you look at health and accessibility.”
There is no surprise that thoughts on age differs depending on your age. For 6-year-old McKenna, Frank's daughter, age has to do with appearance. When asked why she thinks her 93-year-old great grandmother is old she said, "She has gray hair and wrinkles on her face. Oh, and she uses a walker."
McKenna knows exactly how old her dad is, but when attributing age to others who didn’t fit her criteria, it became difficult.
"I think starting to get old is 50. 70 is old and over that is really old," said McKenna. "My papa [grandfather] is old. He's retired and he's 70."