Older Adults Align with Students to Fight Ageism
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by Successful Aging in Action! | 2.18.20
Age-based discrimination is real, and it hurts
“You look good for your age.” “No one over 90 should still be driving.” “18-year-olds are too young to vote.” “Teenagers only communicate through texts.” “Seniors don’t understand technology.”
We’ve all heard statements like these, and most of the time we let them slide by without comment. Like discrimination against race and gender, age discrimination — or ageism — boxes all people with one similar trait (their age) in the same stereotype. But unlike racial or religious discrimination, ageism is still widely accepted. And it is particularly familiar to the younger and older segments of our society.
“One of my neighbors was told by his son that he was too old to learn German,” a resident of Someren Glen Life Plan Community in Denver shared recently. What did the neighbor do? “He’s learning anyways!”
Not everyone later in life could learn German, but that certainly doesn’t mean there are those who can’t. “You can’t say that the same things are true of even all four of us,” explained Marilyn Shrout, indicating several of her neighbors gathered to talk about the issue.
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