Who are the most worst offenders when it comes to ageism?
Last night, I watched the second in the SBS series What Does Australia Really Think About ... on ageism and I’m a bit … troubled. It was presented by Aussie actress Noni Hazlehurst and based on a national survey of 2000 people, incorporating secret filming to capture ageist incidents and a fascinating quiz with a group of women that reduced many to tears.
Ageism is, without doubt, an issue for many Australians, but this documentary seemed intent on making out that the problem is rife. Is it? And who are the worst offenders? Which age groups are the worst when it comes to ageist attitudes? Could it actually be older Australians?
I’m a baby boomer. How did we view our parents when we were 30-40 somethings? Are our kids much more in tune with the value of older Australians? I think they are. How do you view 80 and 90-year-olds? At what age are we old? Did the doco go fishing for what it wanted? So many questions. What do you think?