Because of Japanese culture, I'm guessing this is pretty important to know, and I really don't want to risk offending anyone. I mean obviously in English we have,
Elderly, Old people, Senior, Pensioner, OAP, and obviously some offensive terms too which I'm sure you know
They're all appropriate in different circumstances and I was hoping someone could help me differentiate this with the Japanese terms.
I've heard these before:
老人、 年寄り、 I believe I've also heard お年寄り、 高齢者、 Then of course、 くそばばあ、 くそじじい Which are pretty obviously offensive terms.
Does it depend who you're talking to or how generally you're talking?
If you could give me some insight into the appropriate situations for use of these or any others you've heard, I'd appreciate it a lot!