Last Sunday we revealed that despite our increasing savvy in technology and better health care and habits than ever before, society (to the tune of some 203 million Google hits) consider us “The 2030 Problem.”
That’s according to this abstract (one of many) about the impact of Baby Boomers getting older and older and the resulting impact on society.
One solution is to do what Senior Planet does, on a mass scale – reimagine aging – and shifting the culture to change how society views older people, a la Ashton Applewhite.
I’d like to see more reality in how older people are represented in the media and popular culture. For instance, in last week’s open thread (read it here) one respondent noted that news reports use the phrase “67 year old grandmother” whether the person has grandchildren or not!
The good news is, according to some of our comments, people our age are refusing to accept being pigeonholed – but we have a long way to go. (Canada is not much more ahead of us, according to one comment.)
We’ll leave the thread open so the conversation can continue. And take a minute to swan over to Old School, a clearinghouse on anti-ageism resources and info.
Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at [email protected]