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‘Don’t call me senior’: Personal trainer, 53, says

TRACEY Moore might be 53 with five grandkids, but she's no nanna.

The personal trainer drives a V8, says things like "oh snap" and enjoys jumping out of planes.

That's why she was so shocked to find out the term "senior" referred to anyone over the age of 50 when she was asked to take a "seniors" class.

She wants the community to think long and hard about what it means to be senior and realise that turning 50 isn't the start of old age because she says "50 is the new 30".

>>OPINION: It's ridiculous to call 50 year old people senior

"I was offended," Ms Moore said. "I was expecting people (in the class) well into their 60s or 70s.

"I wish I had a mirror to see what my face looked like when (the client) told me it was over 50s. I thought well I am over 50 and I'm definitely not senior."

What age do you consider to be senior?

This poll ended on 19 January 2016.

50 + - 18%

60 + - 21%

70 + - 30%

80 + - 12%

Why put a label on it? You're only as old as you feel - 16%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

In Australia people are expected to live into their 80s, the official retirement age is 67 and to claim a senior's card or the pension you have to be 65. "I am champing at the bit to get this out there in the public," Ms Moore said.

"It's ridiculous really, are we going to be seniors for 20 years?

"They've put the retirement age up, life expectancy is up, but what we think of as senior's age isn't reflecting that.

"If we don't talk about this nothing will change."

AGE IS A STATE OF MIND: Tracey Moore, 53 Denise Marrable, 51 and Sharene Tramacchi, 52 were insulted when they realised being over 50 made them 'senior" in society's eyes. They want to see an attitude change. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
AGE IS A STATE OF MIND: Tracey Moore, 53 Denise Marrable, 51 and Sharene Tramacchi, 52 were insulted when they realised being over 50 made them 'senior" in society's eyes. They want to see an attitude change. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

Business owner Sharene Tramacchi spends her days working out or redesigning homes - it's a hobby.

She's just installed a trendy graffiti wall in her bathroom, too. She says age is just a number.

The friends agree classifying people in their 50s as senior can be detrimental.

"When I think of seniors I think of people who can't do everything for themselves," Sharene said.

"That's not me.

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"If you talk about people in their 50s as being senior then they will start to think they're too old to do certain things when that's not the case."

So what's the secret to being as active and vibrant as these women when you're 50?

It's no surprise high school P&E teacher Denise Marrable agrees with personal trainer Tracey Moore in saying the answer is exercise.

Personal trainer Tracey Moore, 53 skydiving two years ago
Personal trainer Tracey Moore, 53 skydiving two years ago

Ms Marrable can "run rings around her students" who don't believe her when she tells them how old she is.

"It's not about looks though," Ms Marrable said.

"I don't want to work hard all my life only to retire and realise that I can't do all the things I want to do like go travelling."

What is senior, really?

  • Life expectancy: 82
  • Retirement age: 67
  • Seniors card: 65
  • Pension age: 65

Topics:  age health personal trainer senior



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