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Fighting the Stereotypes of Senior Citizenship: 3 ways to do this

Posted Jul 08 2010 12:16pm


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In the United States, and some other countries, senior citizenship comes with some highly negative stereotypes.

Sadly, we in the USA tend to see seniors as:

  • doddering
  • incompetent
  • weak
  • sick
Some other countries tend to see seniors – or elders – as:
  • intelligent
  • statesmen
  • encyclopedic
  • worthy of reverence
How can we change those stereotypes in the first list to those qualities in the second list?
It can be done by seniors actively fighting against those stereotypes!
But – how do we fight?
Here are 3 ways to fight senior stereotypes: 
  • being honest about our age
  • accepting benefits such as senior discounts
  • taking care of our bodies and minds
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