Last week was Seniors’ Week in Alberta, Canada, and while some organizations reminded the city’s older residents about the risk of falling, one seniors’ housing and advocacy group took the opportunity to do some stereotype bashing. Silvera for Seniors organized a series pranks that had its members exposing people’s perceptions of age and aging. The non-profit also made some quick-bite videos of the pranks and posted them to YouTube.
The video series, “Silvera’s Sassy Seniors,” was inspired by old-school TV prank shows.
According to the Calgary-based organization, “The idea for the 10-video series came from responses to a survey Silvera conducted with its residents, which asked seniors to get candid on everything from sex to technology. Their responses confirmed that many of the commonly held assumptions regarding older people are just plain wrong.” Survey respondents disagreed with many of the myths about seniors – especially the idea that the we’re old, sick and sit around our houses.