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Define the Difference

Dear Source:
Would someone please tell me the difference between "senior" and "elderly"? Aren't those two terms basically synonymous? Or are they making the distinction for those "seniors" who are over 85 as being "elderly" and those between 65 (or 60 since that is the age we get our "senior" cards) and 85 as "seniors"? Where in the government's laws and actions have they written those definitions so that there is no question who gets what benefits? Why was there a difference in the exemption tax credit before for these two categories and now no distinction?
James A. Hoffman
St. Croix

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Dear Source:
Would someone please tell me the difference between "senior" and "elderly"? Aren't those two terms basically synonymous? Or are they making the distinction for those "seniors" who are over 85 as being "elderly" and those between 65 (or 60 since that is the age we get our "senior" cards) and 85 as "seniors"? Where in the government's laws and actions have they written those definitions so that there is no question who gets what benefits? Why was there a difference in the exemption tax credit before for these two categories and now no distinction?
James A. Hoffman
St. Croix

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.