Share Your Story

Share your story of economic hardship based on workforce ageism, insufficient Social Security, insufficient Medicare, or Long Term Care needs.

If you would like to testify at the Rally for Age Justice, please  let us know. Even if you can’t be at the Rally  in person, we encourage you to share your story which will be posted here on our Rally Resource Page. We are looking for personal stories about 
    • ageism in the workforce, reflecting either being fired because of your age or having a problem being hired because of your age.
    • struggling to get by on Social Security
    • no long term care insurance
    • no dental insurance
    • or anything else!

7 Replies to “Share Your Story”

  1. Age discrimination in the workplace is only one area for the Radical Age Movement to pursue. Let’s also look at Lifelong Learning, Financial Literacy, Financial Education, Digital Literacy, Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship and Business Entrepreneurship opportunities for Seniors 50+. Also, all Seniors 50+ are responsible for their own financial resources self-sufficiency. We need more seniors to help themselves to be more active, creative, productive and resourceful in their pre or post retirement.

    1. I want to attach an opinion piece on ageism in the theater. How do I do that? I wouild also like to read it at the rally….

  2. i would like to make a few statements on the effect that ageism is
    having on writers over the age of 65,, i recently had an experience
    on the Facebook on a playwrighting page,, when someone mentioned
    what i should do in the future when i want to submit a play.
    i will save that comment for when i get to speak if i do,, or if you would
    want me to write about the experience that day..i would gladly do that
    i am planning on coming to the event on that date,, thanks carol hollenbeck

  3. The list would be so long that it would be tedious to read. As both an artist and an older person I have been doubly burdened. For years I’ve been trying to make a difference. Each year it becomes more difficult. Recently I was told that I need to join the real world and basically accept the status quo. I am especially concerned about what is being done supposedly for our benefit, using our tax money yet not giving us a voice.

    Sadly older adults of North-eastern New Brunswick Canada appear to be valued mainly as consumers. We are made very welcome at hockey games and bingo games. The rare active opportunities for seniors to integrate with younger society seem to be limited to walks to raise money for big national organizations that conduct fund-raisers for cancer and other diseases.

    Artists are especially vulnerable. Our few options have little to do with participatory arts or cultural activities. A community arts Centre, if we ever get one, will no doubt be built without the input of either individual artists or seniors. It appears that whatever we might end up with will be decided upon by certain self-designated NGOs applying for government grants in our name without our participation or approval.

  4. The law prohibits employment discrimination towards people age 40 or older. That’s the law. But too many of us have experienced age discrimination either on the job or when seeking a job.

    Today two out of three folks between ages 45 and 74 say they’ve seen or experienced age discrimination. Job seekers over age 55 say age discrimination is a top obstacle to getting hired. Ageism makes up more than 1 in 5 of the discrimination charges received by the EEOC!

    There’s a myth that you’ve got to be in your 20’s or 30’s to handle technology. In fact, over 80% of people over the age of 60 are tech savvy adopters.

    A friend of mine is over the age of 60. She’s an accomplished, creative, IT professional. She told me: “In my recent job search time and time again I’ve gone through rounds of interviews, including and up to final rounds, and then a dead end. Why? They don’t say it, they can’t say it, but I know it’s because I’m not a kid.”

    The Society for Human Resource Management says, “Workers of all ages can learn from each other. With five generations in the workplace for the first time ever, we have a real opportunity to collaborate and transfer wisdom like never before.”

    They get it! Each generation can teach each other! Each generation can learn from each other!

    Rejecting adults age 50 and up in the workplace rejects a huge asset – the invaluable skills, invaluable knowledge, invaluable insight and invaluable wisdom that we older adults bring to the workplace. We older adults are productive. We contribute. We mentor. We learn.

    Let our rallying cry be this: Ageist Workplace Discrimination – No! Multi-Generational Workplace -Yes! Generations United! Let’s create change!

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