You’re How Old? We’ll Be in Touch (by Ashton Applewhite In The NYT)
I’ve written a lot about ageism, age discrimination, studies and stereotypes about older workers, the ADEA, and everything related.
But surely not nearly as well as Ashton Applewhite, author of “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism,” and a short piece published in the Review Section of tomorrow’s New York Times.
I want to quote the entire NYT article, but can’t and won’t. I will just give a short, truncated quote and leave it to you to read his work – it deserves more than a few readings.
He says that “In 2016, almost 20 percent of Americans 65 and older are working. … These older people represent a vast well of productive and creative potential. Veteran workers can bring deep knowledge to the table, as well as well-honed interpersonal skills, better judgment than the less experienced and a more balanced perspective. … Why, then, are well over a million and a half Americans over 50, people with decades of life ahead of them, unable to find work? …
The problem is ageism … [a] dumb and destructive obsession with youth so extreme that experience has become a liability. … Age discrimination in employment is illegal, but two-thirds of older job seekers report encountering it.”
His piece is full of anecdotes, studies, statistics, sad stories, and not just a little anger.
He concludes: “Confronting ageism means joining forces. It means seeing older people not as alien and ‘other,’ but as us — future us, that is.”