There are no late bloomers

There are no late bloomers

In the spirit of Ashton Applewhite's "Yo, Is This Ageist", we’d like to suggest that those of us fighting ageism stop using a concept: “late bloomer”. This is not to say we have anything against the idea that people can reach their potential at any time of life. Quite...

How useful is age in describing people?

How useful is age in describing people?

A recent article in Fast Company tackled why advertising to older adults fails. How useful is age in advertising? Less than it used to be. There are plenty of examples of good and bad advertising. The bad examples hew to old stereotypes, assuming that the interests of...

Should we be grateful for aging?

Should we be grateful for aging?

Being grateful for aging is often equated with being grateful to be alive. Many people have pointed out that being able to complain about aging is to a gift. (Not that complaining about aging is helpful.) Being alive is certainly a gift, but getting older has more to...

Ageism starts with us

Ageism starts with us

Ageism and age discrimination are real. A colleague who is over 50 shared a question that she was asked in an interview, “Do you think you have the energy for this?”. She is well-qualified, with years of experience. Plus, she was clear about what the job was and,...

How old do I look?

How old do I look?

When I was really young, I asked my grandmother how old she was. She said 29 and stuck to that answer with a smile, long past the time when I knew it could not be true. (She probably didn't want my answer to "how old do I look?".) I think she was maybe in her late 50s...