Is there a critical mass of people interested in giving ageing a good name, and doing what it takes to give it a positive value?
Any such effort includes looking critically at what the media presents us with in views of ageing and old people, and drawing attention to the positive or the negative ways in which they are depicted. And right now, in May 2018, a cluster of three media items have popped up as salutary examples of the...
Anne Ring is a columnist with Older People Speak Out, run by Val French. She has worked as psychologist, anthropologist, sociologist and researcher variously in medical education, media analysis, body image and ageing. She has a Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees. Anne is a happily married mother of three and actively involved grandparent of six. She has always enjoyed writing and now does so through both contributing articles and working on a book about positive aspects of ageing.
Lately, I’ve been coming across phrases about ageing that I’m finding bothersome. For example, there is a birthday card that promises “You’re not getting OLDER, you’re getting WISER.
And not so long ago there was a public health forum on ageing, chaired by a “Senior Old Age Psychiatrist”, and whose headlined subject was “I’m OLDER, but not OLD”.
A bit before that, in the now sadly defunct Yours (a magazine for older women), Brigitte Bardot was quoted as saying “It is sad...
Since its earliest days in Australia, I’ve been monitoring Who Magazine’s annual feature on the “Most Beautiful People”.
Once a year, it presents a mix of international and local celebrities of various sorts, both genders, and a cross-section of ages.
The reason for my monitoring stems – of course – from my interest in how ageing is presented in the media. And amongst these beauties, over the years, it’s been no surprise to find that they are – mostly – young, or middle-aged...
As I’ve grown older, I’ve become increasingly involved in issues of concern to older people, and am an active spokesperson against demonstrations of ageism in the media as well as in our wider society.
So why, now, in the space of two weeks, have I turned, unwillingly, into something of an ageist myself? It’s as the result of two comedies - a movie and a revue - that I’ve seen in that time. The two of them, combined, have shown...