Introducing: The Inspiring Seniors Series
When was the last time you thought of aging as an advantage, not a detriment?
There’s no getting around it – there’s an ageism problem in our nation.
Imagine this: an individual who is 30+ years younger than you refers to you as “young lady” or “young man.” In an effort to compliment you, that individual is unconsciously assuming that old equals bad, while young equals good. That assertion in itself is hurtful, and suddenly an attempt at a compliment feels like an insult.
We live in a day and age where people are more commonly defining older individuals by their age – not their personality, individuality, or beliefs.
There’s a lot of debate about how our world suddenly became so ageist – since when was age associated with negativity?
First and foremost, the language of today revolves around escaping age somehow. When was the last time you saw an ad campaign for anti-aging skincare? The phrase itself – anti-aging – perpetuates that young is good, and old is bad.
When was the last time you saw an old villain who was cranky and decrepit? When was the last time you picked up a birthday card with the message that getting older stinks?
Not only is ageism potent throughout our culture, but it also reeks in the workplace. Forced retirement, age caps, and flat-out age discrimination is extremely common.
In fact, just last year (2017), Texas Roadhouse paid $12 million to settle an age discrimination lawsuit for denying front-of-house positions to people ages 40+.
In 2014, a 66-year-old man, Bobby Dean Nickel, who worked at Staples won $26 million in an age discrimination lawsuit.
After years of being the butt of office jokes, being referred to as an “old goat,” and eventually refusing to resign and being fired, Nickel took his issue to the court and won.
According to an AARP survey, 19% of respondents said they weren’t hired because of their age, 12% said they missed a promotion because of age, and 8% said they were laid off or fired because of age.
Age discrimination alone makes up more than 1 in 5 cases received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Ageism is everywhere.
That’s why we decided to interview 29 individuals over the age of 60 who are doing incredible things.
We explore their lives and uncover the inspiring advantages of aging, the debate about retirement, and the incredible adventures each and every one of these individuals has welcomed into their lives.
Getting older doesn’t have to be a disadvantage.
In fact, age can be a catalyst for greatness.
Join us over the next 7 weeks, as we discover the stories behind these 29 individuals.
This is Inspiring Seniors.
Sandra LaMorgese photo credits: Josefina Hunter, http://www.josefinaphoto.com
Other Posts in this Series
- Introducing: The Inspiring Seniors Series
- 84-Year-Old Pat Boone on The Gold Label, Shark Tank, Aging, and the Future | Inspiring Seniors, Part 1
- Becoming a Model at 61 & Reuniting with a Long Lost Love at 68 | Inspiring Seniors, Part 2
- Getting a Black Belt at 60 & Launching a Podcast at 67 | Inspiring Seniors, Part 3
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