In common parlance, a pensioner is a person who has retired, and now collects a pension. This is a term typically used in the United Kingdom; someone of pensionable age may also be referred to as an 'old age pensioner', or OAP. In the United States, the term retiree is more common. In many countries, increasing life expectancy has led to an expansion of the numbers of pensioners, and they are a growing political force.

Organised Political Parties

*Gil - the Israeli Pensioners' Party
*Pensioners' Party in Northern Italy
*Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party
*Swedish Senior Citizen Interest Party
*Norwegian Pensioners Party
*Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia
*Krajowa Partia Emerytów i Rencistów
*Pensioners and Seniors Party in Latvia
*Party of United Pensioners of Serbia

Other uses

*In the University of Cambridge, a pensioner is a student who is not a scholar or sizar and who pays for his or her tuition and commons. The term commoner may also be applied, especially at the University of Oxford.
* A Political pensioner is a member of a formerly ruling dynasty who is paid a 'pension' (e.g. by the British raj) as a partial compensation for the income lost by not exercising an ancestral claim to a native throne
* A Chelsea Pensioner is a retired British soldier who lives within the Royal Hospital


* Oxford English Dictionary (Second edition)

See also

* Reminiscence therapy
* Elderly care

External links

* [ University of Cambridge Jargon]

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