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Especially in less formal contexts, it is often abbreviated as "senior(s)", which is also used as an adjective.In commerce, some businesses offer customers of a certain age a "senior discount".Chronological age may differ considerably from a person's functional age.
It has come into widespread use in recent decades in legislation, commerce, and common speech.
In commercial contexts, where it may serve as a marketing device to attract customers, the age is often significantly lower.
In Canada, the OAS (Old Age Security) pension is available at 65 (the Conservative government of Stephen Harper had planned to gradually increase the age of eligibility to 67, starting in the years 2023–2029, although the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau is considering leaving it at 65), and the CPP (Canada Pension Plan) as early as age 60.
The age at which these discounts are available varies between 55, 60, 62 or 65, and other criteria may also apply.
Sometimes a special "senior discount card" or other proof of age needs to be obtained and produced to show entitlement.