“Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.” – Claude Pepper, politician
“…the last socially sanctioned prejudice.”
My partner of 45 years and I were out for a drive on a sunny afternoon, dropping into a few pottery shops, something we both enjoy. Although I really learned if from her, along with an affiliation for fine china, handmade quilts, needlepoint and other artful things.
As we talked and drove, I mentioned I wanted to build a new home for us and was thinking about getting a mortgage. Her opinion was a new mortgage at age 70 was, at the very least, very unrealistic! Although she had more dramatic language to express her opinions of my mortgage idea. When I took offence, she encouraged me, strongly…to be more realistic!
Serendipitously, that same evening I came across Ashton Applewhite TedTalk. Ashton is insightful, very funny …and really quite profound. Ashton would like us to think differently about growing older. As she writes: “Aging is a natural, lifelong, powerful process that unites us all.”
She goes on, “So how come so many of us unthinkingly assume that depression, diapers, and dementia lie ahead? Because of ageism — the last socially sanctioned prejudice.”
Ashton is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism and is the voice of the Yo, Is This Ageist? blog. She is also the author of Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well.
Watch her talk and see if you are one of us who experience ageism or one of them who promote ageism. Either way, you will evolve your future and that of those around you by learning from Ashton.
And, if you have an opinion or an experience, please, share it with us!
“We’ve made so many advances in other areas – civil rights, gay rights – but ageism is still an area that’s taboo and not talked about and dealt with.” – Madonna Ciccone, entertainer
Until Next time…
Now you know, ageism in some form will try to restrict you across your entire lifespan!
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