AGEISM

Ageism Is Forcing Older Workers Out Of The Job Market

According to a University of Chicago study… “the pandemic has derailed the finances and careers of individuals of all ages” and  wreaked havoc on older people—particularly those who are 50 years of age and older.
— Forbes

The Forgotten History of the Radical ‘Elders of the Tribe’

The Gray Panthers staged rowdy protests against ageism and found common cause with young activists on everything from health care to racial justice. What can they teach us today? — The New York Times

Linking Old-Age Justice and Racial Justice, Then and Now

“The pandemic has revealed the vulnerabilities of older Americans, and not exclusively those living in veterans’ or nursing homes or assisted living.” — Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB)

Meet Sylvia, The Virtual Influencer

On Instagram, she’s tackling ageism and is aging by a decade each month. Here’s the backstory including an interview with her creator, Ziv Schneider — Next Avenue

Also link to Sylvia’s Instagram account and watch her age virtually.

Coming of Age in Aging America

FACT:

What will it mean for us all to grow up, live and age in a society where half the citizens are over the age of 50? Never in human history has this been our reality. And it’s not just Americans. Europe, China, Japan — we are an aging globe. It’s new & it’s not temporary this is a permanent historic transformation.

RESOURCES

Current News

“How Coronavirus Exposes the Way We Regard Aging and Seniors”  — Greek Reporter

“How Ads do a Terrible Job Portraying Older Adults” —next avenue
(be sure to check out the video at the bottom of the story showing an example of ageist portrayal in an e-trade ad)

Articles / Research

Aging in Culture, The Geronologist

7 Cultures that Celebrate Aging and Respect Their Elders, HuffPost

The Ugly Truth About Ageism: It’s a Prejudice Targeting Our Future Selves, The Guardian

Why Black Women are Aging Alone, OZY

Anti-Ageism: The Next Big Social Movement, Tikkun magazine (a book review of Ending Ageism or How Not to Shoot Old People)

Against Ageism: It’s time to stop treating senior citizens as a burden — by Sharon Butala, The Walrus

Should Youth Come First in Coronavirus Care?   Paula Span, The New York Times

If medical rationing becomes necessary, some older adults are prepared to step aside. But many have the opposite concern: that they will be arbitrarily sent to the rear of the line.  

This article was, in part, a reaction to the essay “On Being an Elder in the Pandemic” by Larry R. Churchill. It was posted on the Hastings Center (a non-profit which considers bioethics) forum. It’s worthwhile reading the comments — most of them do not agree with his life view. 

Groups / Organizations
Books

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Agism, Ashton Applewhite (also a website/blog that addresses ageism—Applewhite is an advocate for a new vision of aging and her website is a valuable resource)

Ending Ageism or How Not to Shoot Old People, Margaret Morganroth Gullette, 2017, Rutgers University Press (addresses ageism as the next cultural movement of our time)

Video

Let’s End Ageism, Ashton Applewhite, TED talk

Myths and Realities of an Aging Society, Jack Rowe, MD (A lecture at the Harvard University Center for Population and Development Studies, Dr. Rowe presents a  rethinking of the lifecourse)