Defining the New Old Age

Language can reinforce ageism and aging stereotypes when we need intergenerational solidarity.


Written by a young medical student and future geriatrician, author Lois Angelo discusses the implications of negative and ageist language towards older adults.

While in college, Angelo began understanding the destructive effects that ageist language can have on society. Now more than ever, we need intergenerational solidarity, but language like “boomer” and “elderly” further the divide between our generations.

Angelo emphasizes the need for intergenerational collaboration. He writes, “Aging simply stated, is a biological and transformative process that is already feared by many; why must we make the transition to later life harder than it should be on ourselves and our loved ones? We have to only make simple changes in our vocabulary to induce rippling change and tackle the cycle of ageism for future generations”

The transition to our neXT act should be a time for new possibilities, exploration, and experimentation. We should embrace it with vigor, intent, and purpose. Let’s celebrate The Future of Worth™


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