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Ageism in Our Society

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a busy week of writing and working. The weather is turning warmer and the sun has been shining brightly which makes me hopeful for spring. I’m ready for some warm weather where I can get back to running outside. I like that much better than running on a treadmill.

I have been able to hike a little more this winter. Spurred on by my need to get fresh air, I’ve hiked with the hubby a couple of times and with a friend a couple of times. Which is about four or five more times than I hiked last winter. I’ve needed to get out of the house because I’ve been working from home, and those hikes by the beach have been a wonderful way to get some exercise and get some time with a gal pal or my hubby.

But enough about that, today I’d like to talk about ageism in today’s world. Almost 35 million Americans are over the age of 65 and this number keeps growing. In fact, studies have been conducted and that age group is supposed to reach over 20 percent of the population by 2030. I would think companies that manufacture products would heed these findings, but I don’t find evidence of this today.

In fact, I see evidence of the opposite. I find manufacturer’s targeting the younger generations. Especially clothing and makeup companies. They’re spouting the rhetoric that you need to look younger and feel younger to stay in the game.

This just isn’t true, but many older people are buying into this philosophy. Plastic surgeries have been on the rise for the last five years. This saddens me. We should be celebrating the fact we can grow old. It is a privilege denied to many. We should be honoring our elderly and respecting their wisdom. Just like many indigenous tribes did back in the day.

Instead of focusing on looking young, we should be focusing on staying healthy. We should be focusing on the internal and not the external. Experts say the best way to stay healthy is to get as much sunshine, fresh air, exercise, water, healthy foods, and sleep as we can. I agree. It really is that simple.

This would be a great time for a vitamin company to create a product that helps your body and brain stay resilient to the ravages of time. If I had the know-how, that’s what I’d be doing. I would take the focus off of staying younger, and focus on improving the quality of my life as I get older.

How about you? How do you feel about ageism in our society? Has it affected your life? If so, how? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

Author:

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

15 thoughts on “Ageism in Our Society

  1. Very true, Lisa. People over the age of 50 look ridiculous trying to resemble 16 year olds. One of the main things to do to stay healthy is to keep off sugary foods – something the young do not realise.

    1. Absolutely! Our health should be the most important thing to us. I try to instill this into my boys and for the most part, they do pretty good! Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts!

      1. You’re welcome. I always work on the theory that we cannot get away from ourselves, especially in the second half of our lives when we have to pay for the excesses we might have had in the first half. Hopefully no excesses, then maybe a healthier old age.

  2. If we adopted a ‘go with the flow’ policy for our body and minds, our souls would be so happy! Wink. Great post, Lisa! Takes a few years to realize that wisdom is wasted on the young. Cheers!

  3. I’m glad you have been hiking more than before. Out here as well, we are witnessing the early arrival of the summer season.

      1. It is strange that we don’t wish summers to come so soon. The tempratures soars above 44 in the peak summser season.

  4. Hmm. I never noticed the advertising. I’ll have to pay more attention to that. Great thoughts! At this moment, I never understood why there was so much emphasis on staying young and looking younger. I have found so many beautiful people of all ages. It kills me to hear those people speak so negatively about themselves. I find myself wishing people could see themselves as I see them.

  5. Oh sure, how many “30 under 30” writing prizes are out there. Ours is a youth-focused culture; however the boomers sure speak volumes with their numbers, and that’s where the next generations’ jobs are–in anything to do with seniors.

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