At a time when people are living longer than ever before, it is important that we question our traditional assumptions about what aging should look like. Madeline Haas is spot on here with her recommendations for reframing our vision for aging and retirement.
"Ageism," or the negative stereotypes of aging, is deeply embedded in the world today. It affects how older adults are seen by others and how they see themselves. It affects public policy and access to goods and services. As you navigate the environment of Aging in America, are you seeing examples of ageism? The WHO has declared 2020-2030 "The Decade of Healthy Ageing." The world is listening. We can all be part of the conversation for positive change.
Your beliefs about aging can add or subtract 7 1/2 years to/from your life. Read Becca Levy, Ph.D's fascinating research.
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Researchers have created a new "aging clock" that how a variety of factors may make one "older" than their chronological age suggests.
Carl Gustav Jung wrote “…the afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only its meaning and purpose are different.” This article explores finding, creating, and enjoying your purpose in life.
Ageism is pervassive in America. Its an issue that most aren't aware of, even if when they're guilty of it. How can we shed light on this problem ans correct peoples attitudes and behaviors without sounding hyper-sensitive and compatitive?
There are so many examples of ageism in healthcare. Some are big, like ordering unnecessary medical tests. Some are comparatively small, like using diminutive language when speaking to an older adult. None of these are ok.
Many seniors are turning to contract work or entrepreneurship after they retire. With so many of us living longer lives, this trend leads to greater financial security and improved mental health outcomes. Putting to use ones accumulated skills and knowledge adds purpose to retired life. While being your own boss gives you the freedom.
I love Ashton Applewhite's direct approach in talking about age, ageism, and the implicit bias that we all have. Aging is not the same for everyone and it is not all negative.
Studies again and again reveal discrimination in hiring based on age. This is particularly concerning as we reimagine what retirement should look like and consider the rising cost of healthcare over longer lifetimes.
Family dynamics change over time. Even relationships full of love can also be marked by hurt, feelings of abandonment, or resentment. When family relationships are strained or estranged, where can you turn for support?
Speaking down to older adults can contribute to low self-esteem and decline, particularly in those with dementia.
"Driven by an aging population, a more active vision of retirement, and a shortage of senior housing options and support services, developers are increasingly" developing housing communities that "deliberately recruit an age-diverse" population.
In a loving attempt to honor his father, this man created a QR code for his father's tombstone that opens a loving tribute when scanned with a smartphone. He has been flooded with requests from others hoping he can create the same for their loved ones.
As the nation is taking a closer look at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices in the workplace, it is important that ageism and ableism are included in the dialogue.
This is such an interesting insight into negative feelings about aging. "Psychologists at the University of Queensland believe older people are more likely to be exposed to ageism just as their brains become more reliant on societal cues to guide how they think and behave."