By Brendan Hare, retired attorney and author of “From Working to Wisdom: The Adventures and Dreams of Older Americans”
Ageism stands as one of the last widely acceptable social prejudices. Everyone, it seems, indulges in it, even the most conscientious among us.
We’ve developed a whole vocabulary to express such prejudices: Are you having a senior moment? You can do all that by yourself? You’re so youthful. How inspiring, for someone your age. I guess they’re right, “80 is the new 40.”
Ageism comprises systematic neglect, segregation, isolation, and bigotry. Like other prejudices, it works by constructing artificial barriers.