Being old is a state of mind

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“It’s just a number, it’s how you feel,” said Wilson, a spry 82-year-old who teaches line dancing classes at a seniors recreation centre in Peterborough, Ont.

“I had a heart attack 10 years ago and that didn’t hold me back at all.”

To Wilson and many of his friends, being old is a state of mind — one that Canada’s increasingly active senior set is choosing to ignore as the leading edge of the baby boom reaches the traditional retirement age of 65.

So-called “elderly” Canadians are living longer, lingering on the job and resisting the rocking chair. And as Canada gets ready to run on grey power, the very concept of age is in flux, experts say.

So, it’s a fair question: How old is old?

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