Stories I'm hearing
Stories I'm hearing on the street, in the news, etc.
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."
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.)
About 35 members of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) heard my talk last week as the last of a week of free workshops. RSVP “connects individuals who are 55+ to meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout New York City.” Since people who do meaningful work on a regular basis aren’t retired, RSVP is a lousy name, as director Meredith Gemeiner readily admits. But it’s a good program, the volunteers liked what I had to say, and two of them told great stories during the follow-up conversation.
After my talk last month at for the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York, a woman with a wonderful face handed me her card and mentioned that she'd been collecting birthday cards for years. Would I like a look? Yes I would. We got together last week, and I've posted a select and quease-inducing selection on the This Chair Rocks Facebook page.
That's the title of an invitation from my friend Masha Feiguinova that landed in my in-box a little while ago. It reads, "I am ageing! On April 29th I will celebrate 34 years of ageing. I would LOVE to see you, celebrate with you, hug you and toast with you. More details soon. For now please hold the evening of April xxth open. If you are partial to ageing, come to the ageing party!"
This public project is the brainchild of Rachel Levy, an associate professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, who was tired of hearing people say stuff like, “Just explain it like you would to your grandmother” or “That’s so easy my grandma could get it.” Levy started it “to counter the implication that grannies (gender + maternity + age) might not easily pick up on technical/theoretical ideas.” In other words, to challenge the mindless, ageist and sexist meme that older women are technically inept.