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Introducing the fifth video on my YouTube channel


Clip #5: Discrimination—not age or ability—is the barrier to full citizenship.

It doesn't make much sense to discriminate against a group that we all hope to join one day. Everyone wants to grow old. Yet we go to great lengths to pretend it’s somehow, magically, never going to happen—at least not to us. “My mom is 90, but she’s not old,” someone insisted to me recently, as though it were contagious. 

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?”