Synonyms include old age pensioner or pensioner in British English, and retiree and senior in American English. A third option is assisted living where hour round-the-clock supervision is given with aid in eating, bathing, dressing, etc. Erikson, The Life Cycle Completed: For other uses, see Elder disambiguation. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The eyes are weak, the ears are deaf, the strength is disappearing because of weariness of the heart and the mouth is silent and cannot speak.