Ocasio-Cortez’s myopia is a symptom of ageism, and she needs to be called out for it, just as quickly, and with the same conviction, as if she denigrated another human because of their skin color or gender. It’s flat out unacceptable.
Older adults are the fastest growing group in the US, sometime called the “silver tsunami.” The impact of their caregiving needs will hit the US economy with the destructive, chaotic force of a tidal wave. Don’t waste time picking up pretty shells. It’s time to move to higher ground.
Part 2 of my talk with Andrew Belser, professor of Movement, Voice, and Acting at Penn State, and creator of an award winning video program called FaceAge — a deeply moving work that challenges perceptions about what it means to be “old,” fosters introspection, and cross-generational connections. Listen as Andrew tells us more about the neuroscience behind FaceAge and a little bit about his personal story, including how an encounter with his older Uncle on a barn rooftop changed his life.
Why are so many people, in so many countries, so lonely — an affliction that the AARP says is as detrimental to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day? Guess what? It’s not you! You are fine, but you are fighting against a culture and built environment that cultivates social isolation. It’s time to say, “Enough!” and save your life.