Media coverage of anything aging-related has long been characterized by alarmist hand-wringing, the most egregious example being the gray tsunami metaphor. Coverage of the pandemic is no exception, given that some three quarters of COVID19-related deaths are of people over age 65, many occurring in nursing homes where the virus has run largely unchecked.
1. You’re stuck inside and it’s a feelgood documentary. Crip Camp is about an unintentionally visionary “summer camp for the handicapped run by hippies,” as the film’s co-director (and former camper) Jim LeBrecht explains early on. A sound designer with spina bifida, Lebrecht shot much of the film’s early footage with a camera
“If you are not already part of a group disadvantaged by prejudice, just wait a couple of decades––you will be.” The above is a direct quote from an article on ageism by Laura Robbins. So, how do we avoid ageism in ourselves and help to fight it? How do we change
The blurb that my friend and ally, Sister Imelda, sent to the U.S. Ursuline nuns at the request of one of their Sisters in elected leadership. __________ THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A MANIFESTO AGAINST AGEISM We’ve all been there: Shocked, unhappy at the growing expanse of gray hair — or maybe
Three years ago I had the honor of addressing the United Nations on the International Day of Older Persons, which is celebrated annually around the world on October 1. In my talk, which I called End Ageism – Or the Rest is Noise, I made a passionate case for confronting ageism
What affliction do Americans fear most? Alzheimer’s disease. I’m one of them, unless so many bones give out that I have to be carried around in a shovel. But facts comfort me. Abundant new data shows that our fears are way out of proportion to the threat—and that those fears themselves put
Marketing messages in the media would have us believe that unless we are young and fit into a well-defined description of beauty (i.e. age, shape, athletic ability), we have no value. But, we know through research, and by surveying hundreds of thousands of older adults in America, that we have
In our youth-obsessed culture, it’s easy to buy into the negative stereotypes of aging. It is this discrimination that convinces us that aging is mostly about decline. And yet, research continually tells us that how we age is mostly up to us, and that our perception of aging influences our