One week ago I blogged about ageism in the workplace and whether we have an unconscious age bias, without even realizing it (see Is age discrimination alive and well in organizations?). In response to this post, a client forwarded this video link to me, with a short comment that he has seen many examples of “upward ageism” in his organization. Published by AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons), this video at four minutes is a little longer than the usual YouTube video, but watch it through to the end, I think you’ll find it interesting; I certainly did.
My favourite two parts come near the end (at the 3:30 mark) when 70-year old Parvati says “As long as I’m growing and learning, then age doesn’t matter”, and when 75-year old George says “When people start stopping, that’s when they start getting old.” And what I like best about the overall tone of the video is that it’s positive – younger people came out of the experience with a greater awareness of how easy it is to fall into the trap of ageism.
My hope is that if you happen to be someone who believes that only the young can offer innovation and creativity, then perhaps this video made you rethink your point of view. Or not. How old do you think “old” is? Would love to hear your thoughts, so please comment below.