An America Freed From Ageism

"Regardless of our date of birth, we are all entitled to be treated as individuals, with respect and attention. We deserve the opportunity to express ourselves, to be addressed directly and not through a third party—well-meaning though they may be. None of us would choose to be marginalized or disenfranchised; why would we allow it to happen to our older adults?

How do we begin to fight ageism? By calling it when we see it, in ourselves and in others; by thinking about the way we treat older adults, including the way we interact and the language we use. We are all individuals, regardless of age and ability. We need to remember that and to help others remember it as well." - Carol Silver Elliott, president and CEO of The Jewish Home Family

Let's change the conversation about aging to show that it is simply part of our life journey, full of choices, opportunity, and joy at every age.

Help us realize our vision of an America freed from ageism.

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  1. The Power of Language to Change How We View Our Aging Selves

    By Geralyn Magan The flight attendant on a commercial airliner made her way down the aisle during a recent trip from Baltimore to Atlanta. At each row, she paused and addressed the same question to every passenger. “Something to drink?”  “Something to drink?”  “Something ...

  2. Raising Awareness About Age and Ageism

    This short SlideShare presentation highlights examples of how ageism manifests itself in our daily lives and impacts older adults and those who work in aging services—and ways LeadingAge members can change the ...

  3. Creating a Positive Understanding of Old Age: Start the Conversation

    This brief community dialogue guide outlines suggestions to help aging services providers plan, structure and facilitate a variety of conversations with staff, residents, board members as well ...

  4. Get Involved!

    Sign the Pledge Join us—do your part to change the conversation and help realize our vision for an America freed from ageism.