Can I just say "100 elderly" instead of "100 elderly people"?
While "elderly" can be used instead of "elderly people," it is more commonly associated with the adjective "elderly," which brings up connotations of frailty and old age. The more neutral, accepted term "elderly people" should be used instead. Thus, the speaker has chosen to use "elderly people" instead of "elderly." Ex: There is a home for elderly people near my neighborhood. Ex: Many elderly people live on my street. I enjoy chatting with them and hearing about their pasts.
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