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A future without ageism

Thursday, October 26, 2017

What would a future without ageism look like? Is it something we can aspire to and expect? In many cultures, European and Asian, elderly family members are respected and even celebrated. In countries that are influenced by Confucian principals such as filial piety, laws dictate family responsibility of elders down to the detail of how often one should visit their parents (Huffington Post Article). I never expect such law enforcement in our country on behalf of older adults, but let’s hope we can effect a cultural change and foster greater regard for American older adults as they become one-fourth of our total population in the coming years.  ...Read the rest...

Ageism within Life Plan Communities

Friday, October 20, 2017

Most of us who work in the senior living industry are driven by our desire to help others, in particular to enrich the lives of older adults. With that value in mind, shouldn’t our Life Plan Communities be a bastion of validation and empowerment for the residents within our communities. I suggest that if we take a good hard look at our communities, we might find that not to be the case. ...Read the rest...

Is there ageism in America?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Within the American culture, when one discusses biases, the discussion usually circulates around discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. Rarely does one include the biases against older age. Does it really exist and yet is ignored, thus lending age-bias some credibility? I pose that yes indeed – ageism does exist and is somewhat ignored or accepted in the American culture. In fact, Ted Nelson from California State University states:“Ageism remains one of the most institutionalized forms of prejudice today.”  ...Read the rest...

America is getting grey

Thursday, October 05, 2017

It is old news that the fastest growing segment in American society today is the older adult. In 2014, only 15% of the population was 65 or older, but it is anticipated that this number will increase until 24% of the total population will be 65 or older by the year 2024 ( In terms of individuals rather than percentages, this represents a 100% increase within ten years. Wow!  These escalating numbers are indicative of how those in the senior living industry might prepare for larger numbers of seniors, but they should also prepare for a different type of older adult as well. RD’s October blogs will explore the differences and trends in this upcoming group of seniors as well as delve into the need to eliminate ageism in America because one out of every four individuals will be 65 or older within the next decade. ...Read the rest...


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