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I'm quoted in a terrific piece in today's Wall Street Journal by Anne Tergesen called, "To Age Well, Change How You Feel About Aging." (For starters, learn more about aging.) More grist for my argument for an anti-ageism campaign as a public health measure. And pioneering tech writer Steven Levy ask me to comment on his post on Medium, "How Can We Achieve Age Diversity in Silicon Valley?" My response is at the top, and makes a case for how we can and why we should.

BOOM! - the opening plenary

 

This post is by Barbara Raynor, the Managing Director of Boomers Leading Change in Health in Denver. That’s where she kicked off the first-ever BOOM! conference on Saturday, October 3, with this excellent talk. I love her friend's line, "“I didn’t choose aging—it chose me," because it's just the way I feel. Every person who attended BOOM! got a tremendous amount out it, including me.

 

I have a confession to make:  before I took this job about five-and-a-half years ago, I didn’t think much about aging.  I have really good genes.

Introducing the fourth video on my YouTube channel

Clip #4: Ageism affects everyone.

Many people assume that only older people are affected by age discrimination. It’s true that in a youth-obsessed society like the United States, most prejudice flows in that direction. That’s why people spend millions on “anti-aging” potions and treatments. They’re desperate be on the “right” side of a young/old divide — between young and no-longer-young, really — even though that divide does not exist. Even though it means thinking of two thirds of life as decline, which is absurd. That’s why so many Americans think that aging well means looking and acting like younger people.

But no one escapes age-based prejudices and stereotypes.

Things are changing.

I’m used to being the first person in the room, and often the only person, to mention ageism. A few years ago, charged with wrapping up a one-day seminar on “The Politics of Aging” at the Columbia Journalism School, I let my frustration get the better of me and opened my summary with, “You can no more talk about the politics of aging without mentioning ageism than you can talk about the experience of being black without mentioning racism.” Things were very different at two conferences this week.

 

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