The Pandemic Isn’t Making Ageism Worse. It’s Exposing It—and That’s a Good Thing

Media coverage of anything aging-related has long been characterized by alarmist hand-wringing. Coverage of the pandemic is no exception, given that some three-quarters of COVID-19-related deaths worldwide are of people over age 65, many occurring in nursing homes,  where the

Margaret Morganroth Gullette: Revolutionist against Ageism

A scholar takes on ageist violence in all its guises

Ageism did not end with the 20th century. But there were hopes. Feminism had brought changes for women, rights movements had brought changes for black people and disabled people, and the—well, there was no widespread, organized movement for older people. 

In the Fight against Bigotry, Where Does Ageism Fit In?

I wake these days remembering that something awful has happened. Reality assembles itself, and I feel worse. The multicultural, egalitarian, globalized society I hope to inhabit is under assault. Bigotry is ascendant. Racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance—pick your prejudice!—are sanctioned,

Guess Who’s Confronting Ageism Now?

Ageism in Silicon Valley has been all over the news lately. “The Brutal Ageism of Tech,” a March 2014 feature story in the New Republic, noted that some male techies, still in their 20s, are contemplating Botox and hair transplants, while middle-aged engineers, a swelling cohort of “highly trained, objectively talented, surpassingly ambitious workers,” are being sidelined “for reasons no one can rationally explain.”

Why Ageism Matters

In 2007 I started interviewing people over 80 who were in the workforce. At the same time, I was reading and writing about longevity. To my surprise, the more I learned, the greater the discrepancy that emerged between my grim notion of late life and the lived reality.

Kaiser Health News: The Story Behind the Grant

KHN doubles its output during the Covid pandemic—with some help from Silver Century

The year was 2016. By most accounts, print journalism was dying. The rise of free digital content, the decline of trust in journalism and a drop in advertising revenue had led to what the Atlantic called a “print apocalypse.” Layoffs

Journalists in Aging Fellows Program: The Story behind the Grant

How fellowships for journalists are improving the way the media cover aging 

In the late 2000s, boomers—almost 80 million strong in America—were beginning to retire. And the media was beginning to notice. A Google News search for “baby boomers” shows 290 articles published in 2009. Compare that to 45 in 2004. The