The elderly population, those aged 65 years and older, in the United States is composed of 39.6 million men and women. This means that the elderly only compose 12.5% of the total US population. This put the elderly in the minority by a considerable margin. So the elderly citizens of the US are minority group.
In terms of issues that pertain to them, the elderly need to campaign for what they want and need just like any other group. However, that does not mean they are a minority and, in fact, as the baby boomers age they will soon become the majority. All they have to do is to leverage their power.
I don't think that it really makes any sense to say that the elderly should be grouped as a minority. That kind of grouping is done along racial bounds, not bounds of age. If we did things that way, then infants would be minorities, because there are not a lot of them.
“The smaller in number of two groups constituting a whole”, or the lesser of the sum of the total, is by definition the exact description of a minority. But in this case, it does not serve to address our issue for debate. Okay, considering only numbers, the elderly may be in a minority in relation to the general population count, but they are not by definition a class minority, and this is where the context of this question lies. No they are not a minority, and with the advances in modern medicine, and even greater technological improvements certainly on our horizon, the elderly may soon not even meet the actual numerical definition of a minority. Within the elderly there certainly are minorities, but the elderly as a group should not be considered such.
The elderly should not be considered a minority. First off, when precisely does an individual become elderly? It's not a clearly defined line of demarcation. Secondly, what purpose would being considered a minority serve? Age is already a protected class, and thus you cannot be denied a job based on age. Also, retired persons are already represented by one of the largest lobbying associations in the country, the AARP. There's no point in declaring elderly persons a minority.