Wednesday, July 8, 2015
I always spend some time at the beginning of the semester talking with my students about language used to describe elders as well as attitudes and stereotypes. I was interested in seeing this blog, This Chair Rocks. As the blog author explains
So how come so many of us unthinkingly assume that aging equals a grim slide into depression, diapers, and dementia? That 20th century’s astonishing leap in life expectancy is a disaster-in-the making? Underlying all the hand-wringing is ageism: discrimination that sidelines and silences older people. And unlike racism and sexism, it has barely bleeped onto our radar.
So I’m on a crusade to get people of all ages to wake up to the ageism in and around us, cheer up, and push back.
The author also has a question & answer blog, Yo, Is This Ageist? that allows readers to submit questions that the author answers. What a great tool for students!