Re: "House fire kills elderly couple," the Now, Sept. 17.
I love your paper very much but this is the second time I've written to tell you of my extreme annoyance at an article written by one of your staff members and their choice of wording.
How dare reporter Amy Reid describe people in their 70s as "elderly?" Anyone who has enjoyed one of the over 25 shows that B.C.'s No. 1 entertainment troupe, The Vaudevillians, perform in one year, will attest to the fact that under no circumstances would any of the members be considered "elderly."
We are performers aged 55 to 92, most of whom are in our 70s and we really have no complaint about being called seniors but elderly? Not on your life.
Committed, energetic, dedicated and professional, The Vaudevillians are a talented mix of men and women who love to perform and love what they do for audiences in seniors' retirement homes and residences.
Yes, I'll have to admit that there are some seniors who undoubtedly could be called "elderly" but folks many years younger than in their 70s could also wear that very unflattering title. Think about it!
Deanna Vowles, Surrey
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