Approaching sixty, I am looking hard at better terms for old. How about venerable? Ageism is why I have low self-esteem and can't hold my water. If people call me venerable, I will act venerable, until then I am just going to sit here in the Old Folks Home and bang my spoon on my plate until I get some service. All my life as a white male, I have had to listen to other people bitch about their problems. What about mine? Now, I am in a protected class and I want some freaking respect. Hey, you! What about me? No one listens to an old man. Querulous? Who you calling querulous, Missy? You can't talk to me like that. Old fart? That is freaking ageism. Now, I want seconds on ice cream. I earned it, all these years putting up with other people.