Ageism is not only discrimination based on age, but is also the use of words to diminish a person’s value. When we describe an older person as “cute”, “sweet” or “adorable” we are using the same words that we use to describe a baby or a child. In the case of an older adult this is an insult, not a compliment. An older person is wise, not cute. An older person has years of experience to share with us. An older person is a mentor. An older person is a teacher.
We should be celebrating our older adult population not demeaning them or diminishing them.
In elder care planning mediation we celebrate our elders and work towards giving them the future they want for themselves and providing them and their families with the tools and assistance to achieve that goal. Please call if I can be of assistance.
I recommend the following blog post for a heartfelt discussion on Ageism. https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/freedom-from-ageism/