Articles on "Age Discrimination"

October 3, 2012 7:55 pm

Ageism Presents Dilemmas for Policymakers Worldwide

The negative consequences of age discrimination in many countries are more widespread than discrimination due to race or gender, yet differential treatment based on a person’s age is often seen as more acceptable and even desirable, according to the newest edition of the Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR). This publication, which features cross-national perspectives, was jointly produced by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and AGE UK. The PP&AR explores how discriminatory behaviors manifest themselves, steps that are being [...]

August 15, 2012 2:10 pm

A Great Role Model . . . for Models!

I don’t blame the 81 year old former supermodel  Carmen Dell’Orefice for her statement, “Well, if you had the ceiling falling down in your living room, would you not go and have a repair?” in the recent HBO documentary About Face    After all, she has spent years in an industry focused on her appearance. She is flawed in her thinking, because she not talking about getting a cast on a broken arm, she is talking about “fixing” things that are not [...]

July 30, 2012 8:04 pm

Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Related to Senior Housing

The Justice Department announced an agreement with a California municipality and a homeowners’ association to resolve allegations of discrimination on the basis of familial status in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The settlement, in the form of a consent order, must be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The department’s lawsuit, which was filed on Nov. 21, 2011, alleged that the city of Santa Rosa, Calif., and La Esplanada Unit 1 Owners’ Association, [...]

June 4, 2012 7:03 pm

EEOC offers best practices to prevent caregiver discrimination

In February, the EEOC held hearings on caregiver issues. Much of the discussion fo­­­cused on pregnancy discrimination, an issue of greater importance now that the economic downturn has in­­creased the percentage women in the workforce. Women currently make up 47% of the nation’s workforce. Record numbers of working adults now care for elderly parents, a burden that falls disproportionately on women. Working women (20% of all working women) are more likely to be caregivers than working men (16%). For federal [...]

April 16, 2012 2:07 pm

Secret Tip To Looking “Younger” – Have Purpose and Smile!

When people learn I am in the “aging” business they usually open up and start telling me how “old” they feel, and how the “aging process” has got them down. Lately I have been sharing some tips on how these folks can better process this life transition, I hope they inspire you to think differently too! 1) “Anti-aging” is impossible! So when you visit a cosmetic counter and are tempted by the hundreds of products claiming to make you look [...]

February 22, 2012 5:53 pm

Retirement Community Segregates Residents with Disabilities in Dining Room

The Virginia Pilot reports that last May, the continuing care retirement community, Harbor’s Edge instituted a policy that prohibited residents in the assisted-living and nursing-care sections from dining in River Terrace or any other dining facilities in the independent wing. Rather, they needed to eat in the dining hall of their own section. Community resident, William Hodges, a former state legislator and senior judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia required a mobility device and lives in assisted living [...]

December 5, 2011 3:42 pm

Study Reveals Views on “Aging” are Changing

A first of its kind study study in Great Britain, conducted by Edinburgh University , involved 572 people aged 14 to 91 who were asked to define the typical characteristics of older people. Of the hundred most commonly cited traits 46 were classed as positive and 45 as negative – an improvement on previous surveys in America. In a 1986 study participants identified 59 negative traits and only 32 positive traits, while a 1994 survey highlighted 63 negative traits and [...]

November 29, 2011 5:47 pm

“Seniors” not ready for “Senior Centers” Yet?

Newstimes.com reports on the resistance for many baby boomers to join senior centers, citing our “strong youth culture” as key reason not to join.  The article also cites several strategies that senior centers are employing including “Golden Zumba” and even consider bringing the nostalgia of “disco” back to attract baby boomers. Still the centers have an uphill battle, as Patricia Kahlbaugh, a psychology professor at Southern Connecticut State University and baby boomer states in the article, “You see it a [...]

Would you hire someone with a few wrinkles and gray hair?
October 20, 2011 1:32 am

Would you hire someone with a few wrinkles and gray hair?

Today I was in the doctors office with my son and I was paging through the magazines when this ad caught my eye. I have a few concerns here: Are there really employers out there that would not hire someone with a few wrinkles? Are there people who feel that spending money to remove wrinkles will enable them to get a job? If you really felt it necessary to surgically remove wrinkles wouldn’t the words “photo not actual client” be [...]

August 29, 2011 3:37 pm

Western Societies Views on Aging Can Be Negative

Wendy Lustbader, former social worker and author of a new book  “Life Gets Better” maintains that youth, with all its insecurities and confusion, is more of a burden than the golden age society says it is, with aging far from a gloomy decline. She illustrates this somewhat unusual view with a  elders telling a group of fellow travelers on a tour bus, most of whom were young, that they shouldn’t worry because “these are the worst years of your lives.” [...]