OPINION: It's ridiculous to call 50 year old people senior
TURNING 50 doesn't mean it's time to start counting down to the end, but it can be a wake up call when you realise you're suddenly eligible to join senior's groups.
Personal trainer Tracey Moore, 53, spoke out this week in defence of her age group.
She has never thought of herself as senior and says the term should be reserved for those in their 60s and 70s.
It's a topic she wants discussed more broadly in the wider community so people don't start to feel old and as though they can't do things once they hit the big 5-0.
Some readers were quick to react with support for her stance agreeing that keeping fit is the key to feeling 30 in your 50s; while others took a more logical approach.
Commenting on the story on The Observer Facebook page Luke Griffin wrote; "If there are more people in society that are younger than you, than there are older than you... well it's basic mathematics after that isn't it?"
But that wasn't the majority view.
Carole Allan: Yes it is ridiculous to call 50 year old people seniors as Tracey Moore rightly points out. What I also hate is the media reporting 60/65 years old as Elderly. Almost everyone is still in the workforce at that age and to be described as elderly is an insult.
Christine Heisner: Im with Tracey Moore you go girl. Im 54 and thanks to training 3 times per week with Tracey and cetainly dont think that Im a senior either.
Gayle Heymer: To me a Senior is someone who holds a seniors card from the govt, from 60yrs of age and preparing to retire. Not someone in their 50's.
Bo-Jamie Barber Powell: My father is in his 70's and still a very fit man. I don't even class him as a senior.
Kay Kruger: Could not agree more senior should be used for ppl once they retire from work ... i am no way a senior at 53 either