Words matter

Thank you for your article on the Calabasas Senior Center. However, I would like to take exception to the use of the word “elderly” in the headline.

Journalists tend to be wordsmiths and as such should realize that words are nuanced and can evoke feelings and perceptions.

Words have shades of meaning and the choice of the word elderly connotes a negative notion and demonstrates an outdated and uninformed view of today’s senior citizens.

After all, today’s senior citizens are an activist generation that brought about social change. Today’s seniors are senior in years only. In their post-retirement years they are active, vibrant, aggressive in the pursuit of knowledge and, most of all, still productive.

The class offerings for Savvy Seniors and the Calabasas Senior Center are a testament to their active, creative and prolific involvement.

Ronette Kaplan