What Is Elderly?

On a morning walk my wife Jennifer said “I read something irritating. They said they were elderly.” I asked “How old were they?” She replied,”Late 60s, 67 and 69.” To which I started to laugh. We’re 62. We are elderly.

Or are we? We are old. But elderly? That has a connotation of being fragile with diminished capacity. We feel pretty vital.

What do you think is meant by elderly?