One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she treated him with the respect one might give to an aged relative’
elderly, old, mature, older, senior, ancient, venerable
advanced in years, getting on
in one's dotage, long in the tooth, as old as the hills
grey, grey-haired, grey-bearded, grizzled, hoary
past one's prime, not as young as one was, not as young as one used to be
decrepit, doddering, doddery, not long for this world, senile, superannuated
septuagenarian, octogenarian, nonagenarian, centenarian
informal past it, over the hill, no spring chicken
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