Saturday, January 14, 2012
Further Steps to Combat Ageism
7. Speak up about ageism.
When someone you know uses ageist language or images, tactfully let them know about the inaccuracy. Educate them about the correct meaning. When someone disparages a senior, tells a joke that ridicules them, or makes disrespectful comments about an older person, we can let them know that this is hurtful and that as seniors or advocates we find the comments offensive and harmful.
8. Watch our language.
Most of us, including health professionals, health advocates and consumers use terms and expressions that may perpetuate ageism. We depersonalize older adults by referring to them generically as "the elderly" or "our seniors".