Fighting Ageism

By Amy Gorely

Guest post on Changing Aging with Dr. Bill Thomas

 Dr. Bill Thomas and Amy Gorely claiming their age.

Dr. Bill Thomas and Amy Gorely claiming their age.

 

Be bold, claim old. When I mention this phrase in my campaign to fight ageism, I am often greeted with nervous laughter, an inquisitive look or a resounding “yes!”  

It’s meant to be provocative. It’s meant to be a powerful call to action. I am fed up with living in a society that is obsessed with youth and assigns little value to old age.  

The dread of aging is embedded early with negative “over the hill” birthday messages for anyone over 29. Each year following, we head in the opposite direction of what our society values most – youth. READ MORE