I just learned about a book called The Aging City, by Ruth Finkelstein and Senior Planet's Tom Kamber. It sounds great, but A City for All Ages would have been a better title. Ramps are very handy for strollers and people of all ages with disabilities, and the more we can frame things intergenerationally, the better.
One of the effects of global wrinkling is that great-grandparents are no longer a rarity. England’s new Prince George has a set, as do my grandkids. It’s damn cute to see four-year-old Penelope try and wrestle the iPhone out of 90-year-old GG’s grip. (That’s pronounced Gigi, preferably with a French accent, and my money’s on her.)
That offending phrase, and offend it did, appeared in a group email, the group being a bunch of college classmates who pass around photos of get-togethers and nostalgia-based music recommendations. The context was a boating foray in which food, fun, and alcohol were dispensed, the latter “not like gin and juice at DKE but as fun as we 60+ers could manage.”
This is a guest post from Linda Bright, a staff writer and a public relations coordinator for MyNursingDegree.com. As a former hospital administrator, she writes primarily about healthcare reform, patient rights and other issues related to the healthcare industry.
Ageism is alive and well in our society—of that, there can be no question.
Over the years I’ve attended a number of Age Boom Academies—seminars for journalists co-hosted by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the Journalism School, and the International Longevity Center. The speakers are always impressive and it’s provided an invaluable overview of the evolving economics, logistics, and science of the longevity boom. As my own focus has sharpened I’ve enjoyed them more, and this year’s seminar, which wrapped up on Tuesday, September 10 at the office of the Atlantic Philanthropies, was the best yet.
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."