When referring to animate nouns, the comparative form старље is used for comparing only old people (or animals). In this sense it is like English 'aged, more aged'.
— Мћй дљдушка ћчень стђрый.
My Grandpa is very old.
— А мћй ещё старље.
Mine is older (more aged).
The other comparative form, стђрше, does not imply that either of the two people is old:
— Шџре 10 лљт.
Shura is 10 years old.
— Єра стђрше егћ на двђ гћда.
Yura is 2 years older than he is.
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