The Japan Gerontological Society proposed on Thursday to change the definition of elderly people, which is currently 65 or older, to 75 or older, as people are staying healthy longer these days.
Japanese people are becoming "younger," as the decline of health due to aging has been delayed for some 5-10 years compared with the situation 10-20 years ago, the society, comprising seven groups including the Japan Geriatrics Society, pointed out in the proposal.
It further noted that a majority of those aged between 65 and 74 are still active and that many experts are negative about treating them as elderly people also because they are not generally perceived so in the society. It therefore suggests referring them as "semielderly."
The semielderly people should be recognized as individuals who could support society and encouraged to work and engage in volunteer activities, the society recommended.
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