Gerontophilia is the sexual preference for the elderly. The word gerontophilia was coined in 1901 by Richard von Krafft-Ebing. It derives from Greek: geron, meaning "old man or woman" and philie, meaning "love". A person who has a sexual preference for the elderly is a gerontophile. The status of gerontophilia as a paraphilia is problematic. Specialised terms are alphamegamia for the attraction to an older man and anililagnia for the attraction to an older woman.