Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Ageism in the Time of Corona

Ageism isn't a new issue; it is a long-standing issue. But it seems now, during the pandemic, for some, their expression of ageism seems more overt and more pointed, although not directed at a specific person.  Consider the following:

The pandemic has amplified ageism. ‘It’s open season for discrimination’ against older adults.


Texas Lt. Governor: Old People Should Volunteer to Die to Save the Economy

or this

Dozens rally at TN capitol, call for Gov. Lee to re-open state immediately  (click on the link to see the photo of the sign).

or this

Ageism Is Making the Pandemic Worse.

There's a recently released study, Aging in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Avoiding Ageism and Fostering Intergenerational Solidarity, in which the authors conclude :"[I]n this editorial we have been concerned with the effects of the COVID19 public discourse on the lives of older adults, and the solidarity between generations. We believe that behavioral scientists have a responsibility to participate in the current public discourse to correct misperceptions, over-generalizations, and ethically questionable suggestions."

Now consider this

Just Because I’m 90 Doesn’t Mean I’m Ready To Die ― Or Disposable

or this

Capt. Tom’s 100th birthday: 150,000 cards, a promotion and a fundraiser worth $39 million.

This is where I should talk about the teaching moments this has provided for us, and I know  I will cover this is my classes.  For now, with each of those stories highlighting cases of ageism, I alternate between appalled and sad.



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