About The Radical Age Movement

People are living longer, and yet we as a society don’t know how to make the best use of extra years. And because of our fears and negative stereotypes about aging, we’re not just ignoring the potential value—we’re often making things worse.

We need new social visions that will inspire and support people to grow and participate actively throughout their entire lives. No age-segregation or pitting generation against generation—we want a society that works for us all. We can’t leave it to ‘experts’ to tell us how to age ‘well’ or ‘successfully’ or to an aging industrial complex that sees older adults as a dependent group or growing market of consumers.

It’s up to us. It’s time for a Radical Age Movement, a grassroots nationwide effort that challenges traditional notions of aging and introduces new ideas for building co-creative and interdependent communities.

Working together we can:

  • Challenge ageism – in ourselves, social practices, policies, and institutions
  • Create new language and models that embrace the full life journey;
  • Create new paradigms in society so that adults can participate fully consistent with their capabilities and ambitions at all stages of life;
  • Celebrate the contributions of older adults toward innovating, changing and repairing the world;
  • Create a more compassionate and interdependent society that supports the wellbeing of people of all ages;
  • Inspire and help develop cross-generational communities where people of all ages enjoy the gifts and capacities they have to offer;
  • Bring dying and death out of the closet.

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      1. I am a social worker and psychotherapist who has been specializing in working with elders for almost 30 years. I am glad for this conversation, also a personal quest as time marches on. I appreciate that you are reaching out to flag this with purpose.

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    1. Hi Marie,
      We are dancing as fast as we can. All links etc. will be added in the coming weeks.
      Thank you for expressing your interest in The Radical Age Movement. We will add you to our e-list site you can keep up to date on our activities.
      Warmest regards,
      Alice

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  1. After I retired I went to singing class. Our school gave two performance a year. Somehow the audiences liked me. I started writing “Jig Saw Operas”. One turned out pretty entertaining. It is a love story about two lonely senior citizens who sit at separate tables in a cabaret told with 14 Cole Porter songs. It is a lovely uplifting story written just for the aged but everyone will enjoy it. We performed the show at senior citizen facilities. They loved it. Would like to do this show at a benefit for Alziemer sufferers but yet to know how. Does anyone know how to organize these functions?

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  2. After I retired I went to singing class. Our school gave two performance a year. Somehow the audiences liked me. I started writing “Jig Saw Operas”. One turned out pretty entertaining. It is a love story about two lonely senior citizens who sit at separate tables in a cabaret told with 14 Cole Porter songs. It is a lovely uplifting story written just for the aged but everyone will enjoy it. We performed the show at senior citizen facilities. They loved it. Would like to do this show at a benefit for Alzhiemer sufferers but yet to know how. Does anyone know how to organize these functions?

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  3. Wonderful Alice, I’ve had a lot of family members who were active or working until they went toes up.
    And I work with Health Advocates for Older People.
    Count me in.

    Elizabeth Timberman

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  4. This is an idea a long time in the making. The polarization of so much of our culture is at the point of shattering sensibility. When we alienate from each other a kind of savage lack of direction emerges. Loss of respect for elders does not make a good model. The attack by the GOP on Social Security and Medicare is more than just politics, it is distinctly agist agenda. Even the AARP is more interested in selling insurance than in vigorously defending these programs. So we’re on our own.

    In the chaos created after the 1929 crash, Social Security was created to prevent millions of people from being impoverished by financial irresponsibility. Then came 2008, now comes repeal of the part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform. Why would anyone in Washington remove the protect of citizens from risky finance and, in addition, make taxpayers responsible for the bill if Wall Street hiccups again. The agenda of some in politics is clear.

    There are too many elder organizations that treat older people as a semi-pathetic group headed for the nursing home. We contribute much to society and continue to do so. Without a new vision – new voices, things will continue to deteriorate. We cannot let this happen. We have a story to tell. Let’s get about doing it with grace, with love, and with respect. Those who paint a bleak future will only be correct if we do not stand up and make a difference.

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    1. I hear you Roger. For all those reasons we started The Radical Age Movement. We’ve been working on it for over a year and finally went public with the release of our website a couple of months ago. We could certainly use your talents and skills anytime. Hope you can join us on January 13th (see EVENTS on the website)

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  5. I’m very much affected by ageism. However, I worry about the generations coming up. In particular, my sympathies to them for the student debts that too many will accrue when combined with longer life span. While a longer life span is something we aim for it dictates the need for a more sizable financial reserve, yet the student loans that will accrue will make that immeasurably more difficult to achieve. Actually a double whammy.

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  6. Yes! I am entirely to young to be done! I was surprised when ageism landed squarely upon me, even though I felt I had followed all the best business/personal practices in my lengthy career. It’s a perception problem, and I am ready to embrace it – head on! 🙂

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    1. Yes, Diana, we need to embrace this head on, not only for us but for generations to follow. The old blueprint for how to be an older adult doesn’t work anymore. We have the opportunity to create a new one. Thanks for writing.

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