Age equity is a social justice issue. It’s more relevant than ever, especially in a world that is ageing rapidly. Ageing adults deserve to be respected and accorded the same rights as others. It’s going to take a movement to set the record straight.
When the retirement age of 65 was first conceived, the average lifespan was 62, the current average is 82 and it’s growing longer all the time. Ask yourself, does it make sense, for reasons of age alone, to discard or disregard, the knowledge, expertise, and wisdom of our olders?
I’ve heard the expression, the ‘messy middle’, to describe the stage of life that those born between 1945-1964, or earlier, are living through today. The last of the Boomer generation will turn 65 in 2030 which means a large majority are experiencing a period of transition that can be both frightening, and exciting.
I frequently invite participants in our workshops to describe what “old” looks like to them. Typically, two out of three words offered have negative connotations which conjure up images of decrepit, solitary, and vulnerable individuals. It used to surprise me, but it no longer does.
In honour of the International Day of Older Persons on Oct. 1, Top Sixty Over Sixty hosted a session on ageing and ageism. The general consensus after an hour long discussion on how to deal with ageism was quite straightforward. The time has come to move beyond raising awareness about the issue to more action.
Digital has changed the face of meetings and, like it or not, virtual meetings are here to stay. Whether you are a host or a participant, it is more important than ever to get serious about etiquette best practices.
With an upcoming election, it is surprising that so little attention is being given to how ageism undermines the value, potential, and vital contributions of Canada’s older generations: the generations, who incidentally are those who always come out to vote.
Everyone seems to be talking about the “new normal” and what it will look like. I tend to think of what’s ahead of us as transformative; much of it good, but some, not so good. It will all depend on our perspectives and ability abilities to adjust.
Choosing the image of the vintage Underwood typewriter and searching for an appropriate font for the ‘In This Issue’ section of our newsletter brought back rich memories of sights and sounds.
What is the first image that you conjure up when you think of someone who is elderly?
I began to ponder the similarities between the Feminist and Women’s Liberation movement of the 1960s and the increasing spread of today’s anti-ageism movement across the globe.
We don’t all need to be heroes. But as human beings on this planet, we all need purpose. And, increasingly, older people are choosing a different kind of retirement, one that focuses on fulfilling some purpose.