Thank you Quinn McDonald for Ageing Out on the mismatch between manners and modern communications. It put a big smile on the face of this Grumpy Old (ish) Woman. If I can add a few experiences of my own to the list:
Shop assistants, officials etc begin to call you - if you're lucky "Madam." Note "If you're lucky...."nowadays "Dear," is sneaking its way in , or worse - "Ducks."
In those surveys where you're asked to tick a box indicating your age - I've moved into the last but one category. Enough said.
From a railway official recently and in all seriousness: " Madam, have you considered buying a Senior Railcard?" (!) And this isn't the first time either.
I don't know whether to feel gratified or offended!