At our recent annual conference, ‘Ageism: How Ageist Are We?’ we asked participants to give us examples of when they had been ageist. You can read a selection of the best below.
You can read a full report from our 2016 annual conference here.
Highlights of participants’ feedback about how they themselves have been ageist
1) Getting frustrated when my 60 year old mum is slow using her iPad
2) Deliberately calling a stranger “old” during an argument
3) People giving up a seat on buses and tubes
4) Tend to elect an older person for committees – “more reliable and committed”
5) I sometimes go U3A meetings and come away thinking “I’m not old enough for U3A yet”
6) I am always making assumptions about myself & others & subconsciously put it down to age both about younger people and older people
7) I attended an awards event. A 92 year old in a wheelchair was accompanied by a young person pushing her. I assumed the young person was the carer. Not at all: the one in the wheelchair was supporting engagement with “life” after a dark place in the young person’s life
8) Having mental picture of young person in mind when recruiting to a post
9) I used to think that there is over provision of parking spaces for age related disability
10) Two men ( on separate occasions ) “Hit” on me! 16 years younger than me… I fled. I’m in a relationship with a man 16 years older.
11) Saying “Mutton dressed as Lamb”
12) I made a remark, when a young chap was elected as a leader of a committee “ I wonder how long he will last”
13) Considering younger people (under 25) to be less competent than older-till employing them and realising an age diverse workplace is a better way of working
14) If you think you are too old to rock n roll then you probably are
15) I have been impatient with people being slow getting off buses. Nothing said, just in my own mind.
16) Being offered or offering a seat to “somebody older”. Mind you-I like being offered a seat
17) I’m fed up with disability being dismissed as part of growing old.