Rhonda loves Yo, Is This Ageist?

Yesterday this note about Yo, Is This Ageist, my Q & A blog, made my day: "I just wanted to tell you how wonderful this site is.  I am reading about so many of the things that have happened to me and upset me.  When I would talk to my family about it they just acted like I was just overly sensitive about my age, when in actuality I was being subject to ageism.  I would love to be a part of educating people so that they can understand what ageist behavior really is."

Guest Post: Ageism Hides in Plain Sight

This is a guest post from Kathy Sporre, who can be found at refinedbyage.com. This guest post was originally published in the Journal of Active Aging. Thank you Kathy!

 


In a society that still accepts ageism, denial takes many forms. It’s time to challenge this damaging bias against older adults and signal ‘the beginning of the end’ for ageist practices.

 

new gigs, include a crack a science storytelling

It may be the dog days of August, but I'm busy nailing down a number of speaking engagements in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and closer to home, in Gowanus, Brooklyn. That gig is also the soonest: I'll be one of five performers on a science storytelling show called the Story Collider on September 4th at 8:00, at a club called Littlefields (622 Degraw Street). The Moth for the geekily inclined,  the Story Collider has a theme for each event, and this evening's theme is, you guessed it, aging. Now to come up with a 10-minute monlogue "at turns funny and heartbreaking, [about] how our modern world is changing the way we age." No sweat. No notes. No auditioning, at least. It should be good.

finding 'modest delight' in asking for help

When I moved to a Brooklyn neighborhood with a median age of around 23, I said to myself that it would be time to move when I could no longer hustle up the subway steps as fast as the kids. In the eight years since, I’ve gotten a little wiser. Now I’m planning to let the hipsters pass, or help me with my shopping bags. I’ve even figured out that it’ll be good for both of us.

 

Does a focus on ageism foster a victim mentality?

A university where I’ll be speaking in September is lining up co-sponsors, one of whom had a question for my colleague there. “He asks whether you present ageism as similar to racism and sexism,” she wrote me. “He mentioned that the seniors with whom he works are proud (of being senior citizens?), and I think he may be worried about the presentation making them feel like victims of prejudice. Have you run across this type of concern in your audiences?”

 

new visuals on display at the Cornelia Street Cafe last night

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Thanks to Tal Yarden for the design, Bob Stein for the tech support, Jim Barry for taking the photo, and everyone else for turning out despite the summer Sunday and the Treyvon Martin march, which I'd otherwise have been part of.  A lively discussion and excellent event. And they invited me back! (Monday 23 September at 6PM.)

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