THE LAST ACCEPTABLE PREJUDICE IN AMERICA

by Alice Fisher M.A., M.S.W. Last week Bill Maher’s closing editorial comments were about ageism, identifying it as the ‘last acceptable prejudice in America’.  Ageism might be more accurately described as the ‘least acceptable prejudice in America’.  Why?  When a person uses ageist language, he is expressing prejudice against himself.  Age, after all, is a …

AGEISM & THE ANTI-AGING INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: WHAT DOES WISDOM AND BEAUTY LOOK LIKE?

by Alice Fisher M.A., M.S.W. How do you feel when you sit down to unwind in front of the television at the end of the day and you are bombarded with ads that tell you to “Stop the Hands of Time with Mrs. Smith’s Anti-Aging Formula 801”?  Or, you may want to try a little …

Who is Old?

by Alice Fisher, M.S.W. Who is old?  What does old mean?  Who decides that you are old?  Who do you identify as old? Is it age?  Do you automatically become old the day you start collecting your social security? Some people collect at 62, some at 66, and some at 70.  Or, maybe it’s the …