Leaving Treadmarkz Across the Universe

…Considering Their Age

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by Treadmarkz

I like to raise questions on this blog, so I am going to raise one now.
Suppose you have a conversation with an older person. At the end of the conversation you find out that person is even older than you expected, lets say 90. This 90-year old was a very sharp, lucid conversationalist. And you remark to another that the 90-year old “did really good, considering their age.”

What just happened here? Did you A) compliment the person, or B) expect too little of the person based solely on the number of years they’ve been around, and in fact suggest a presumed disability?
Just asking. I don’t want anyone thinking I’m extremely touchy on the subject, just wonder what your thoughts are.

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  1. I would consider it a compliment, not unlike when someone is impressed with how sharp my eyes are.


    March 2, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    • But Tom, would anyone have any reason not to expect your eyesight to be sharp, upon looking at you? Likewise, do we have any reason to believe that a person “advanced in age” is lacking in mental clarity upon first speaking with them?


      March 3, 2012 at 1:20 AM

      • It’s been proven that mental decline begins around the age of 45. One would suspect that a 90 year old is not going to be as “sharp” as your average 30-something. If one is proven wrong, then kudos to that freak of nature who was able to go against the grain.


        March 5, 2012 at 7:24 AM

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