Emma González Crushes Ageist Stereotype
When you work in the sector of aging, age discrimination is a frequent topic of discussion. As an aging expert, ageism appears in the workplace, healthcare, and in the media. Surprisingly it also happens when older adults talk about the next generation. These are the conversations I relish the most. By listening to adults share their observation disdain for texting and social media. Often the reliance on smartphones is cited as the cause for the lack of social skills in Gen Z and Millennials. It’s also an opportunity to discuss how each generation experiences ageism. However, this Saturday Emma González and Naomi Wadler took the stage and the country listened. They spoke with clarity, self-assurance and with a vision of a safer future. More importantly, they dispelled stereotypes of age and if we’re lucky began the conversation about ageism.
Ageism Is Across the Age Spectrum
Similar to other types of an”ism” it is pervasive in our country. We see in person, online, and many often ignore it. However, there are some of us who are able to talk and write about it. By the same token, attention to the topic short lived. Perhaps you remember the news cycle when Allure Magazine said they would no longer use the term “Anti-Aging?” Or Men’s Health “Millennials Have Terrible Social Skills .” More likely you don’t. In contrast, Emma and others in the #MarchForOurLives movement will not let up. They have a purpose a sense they are part of something bigger than themselves. They’re savvy and accept this will be a long game to change the culture of our country. Now, it’s up to Millennials, GenX, Boomers, and the Silent Generation to step up and change the stereotypes of aging.
I’m an author, aging expert, and gerontologist dedicated to creating self- awareness in Americans to age well. In order to influence change, I connect to multigenerational audiences through social media. In addition, I work with start-ups, agencies, and small businesses to enhance service delivery to older adults. As a valued resource for topics about aging I curate information about aging by blog, podcast, and an Alexa Skill.