Shame on you, Tim and Nina

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted the following heading in Zagat for a group of New York City retaurants:

Senior Appeal

Tim & Nina Zagat in an airline club. Does it have "Senior Appeal?"

What in God’s name are they talking about? Is the food pureed for people with loose dentures? Is the menu type in 30 point bold for people with fading eyesight? Do the  waiters use megaphones in case someone is hard of hearing? Are there cane holders at every table and parking spaces for wheelchairs.

I have never understood the appeal of Zagat. Its “reviews” are poorly written and just plain inaccurate. It was a brilliant concept. Now it needs to be permanently retired.

That will give the Zagats plenty of time to eat at those restaurants with “Senior Appeal.”

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5 Responses to “Shame on you, Tim and Nina”

  1. Geri says:


    I know I don’t look 40, but I still don’t like the word “senior” applied to me and I won’t like it when/if I get to be 90.


  2. Duchesse says:

    My orientation is exactly the opposite. Being old does not equal being decrepit, lonely, or unable to contribute. I am as old as I am. Go ahead and call me senior, I’ve earned it. When people say “You don’t look 61” I tell them this is what it looks like.

    And if we think we still look 40, well– we don’t.

  3. Preppy 101 says:

    I’m with you Geri! I refuse to be “old”. Thank you Tom Brokaw for putting the world on notice for all of us boomers!! Wasn’t a fan of Zagat, and surely not now.

  4. Duchesse says:

    Maybe they mean
    – adequate lighting to read a menu
    – bathrooms with more than one stall
    – music low enough that I don’t have to lip read.

    I am 61 and have experienced restaurants that clearly do not want patrons in my age range.

    Read that boomers will resist anything marketed on the basis of (old) age. They do not want to admit it… do you think so?

    • Geri says:

      Hi Duchesse,

      Good points about the restaurants.

      Tom Brokaw did a special on boomers and someone said: “Boomers refuse to get old.” As a boomer (I am 63) I agree. I am not a fan of any company that uses the words senior, mature, older in its marketing. I am facing these years as I’ve faced every year I can remember: with energy, enthusiasm, hard work, and laughter. What’s old about that? Can’t companies just call us faboverfifty?

      oxo Geri


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