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1. Being past middle age and approaching old age; rather old.
2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of older persons or life in later years.
1. pl. eld·er·lies An elderly person.
2. pl. elderly (used with a pl. verb) Older people considered as a group. Often used with the: special recreational programs for the elderly.

el′der·li·ness n.
Usage Note: Elderly applies to the stage of life well past middle age. When used as a noun in referring to older persons in general, it is relatively neutral, denoting a group of people whose common characteristic is advanced age: policy issues of special interest to the elderly. However, when used as an adjective in describing a particular person, elderly has a range of connotations that go beyond the denotation of chronological age. On the one hand it can suggest dignity, and its somewhat formal tone may express respect: sat next to an elderly gentleman at the concert. On the other hand it can imply frailty or diminished capacity, in which case it may sound condescending: was stuck in traffic behind an elderly driver. Regardless of other connotations, a phrase such as the elderly couple in the second row suggests greater age than if the couple were described as older. See Usage Note at senior.
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Old age:
age, agedness, senectitude, senescence, year (used in plural).
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Elderliness is venerable in itself in India, and positively connoted with attributes of, for instance, wisdom, whereas in Europe it is respectable inasmuch as it can deny itself and emulate youth.
During elderliness, psychological resources are essential in overcoming adversities and recovering normal levels of performance and development in stressful situations--elements which play a central role of protecting the person from the influence of losses.
Due to accidents, elderliness, or diseases as cerebral palsy and spinal cord injuries, the proportion of disabled people is rising up and now representing 1 billion persons, which represent 15% of the global population [1].
and Ustun, B., 'Yaslilik ve Yas Dostu Kentler: Eskisehir' (Elderliness and Age-Friendly Cities: Eskisehir), 2009, Elderly Issues Research Journal, vol.
Sokoler, "Communities of everyday practice and situated elderliness as an approach to co-design for senior interaction," in Proceedings of the the 22nd Conference of the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group of Australia, p.
The stability of accommodative process was also highlighted by previous studies conducted among older people [9, 12, 41], whereas studies conducted with a large age bracket (from adolescence to elderliness) [42] indicated more of an age-related increase in flexibility.