Events

What It Takes to Have a Humane and Peaceful Death – 6/8/17 Event

Is ageism standing in the way of your right to choose?

The Radical Age Movement invites you to join us as we discuss

What It Takes to Have a Humane and Peaceful Death

Today, when medical advances can extend life, death can become quite complicated.
Where is the fine line between prolonging life and prolonging death?

Presenter:

Laurie Leonard
Executive Director
End of Life Choices NY

Thu, Jun. 8, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 PM
NY Society for Ethical Culture
New York, NY

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2017 Membership Drive Kickoff

On Wednesday evening, April 26, 2017, The Radical Age Movement (RAM) launched our new membership drive with a festive gathering in the RAM office building at One East 53rd Street, NYC.

The event took place in the lovely lobby of the building where children’s art work adorned the walls…a perfect environment for our intergenerational movement. Attendees were made up of members who already joined on-line at our new “Become a Member” page and those who signed up at the event. We signed up over 30 new members. All new members received an autographed copy of Ashton Applewhite’s book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.

This was the first of our Members Only salons that are planned for four times per year. People can either join online at any time or sign up at the event. It’s an informal way for our members to socialize and get to know one another. New members were greeted by members of the RAM steering committee and immediately engaged in conversation over wine and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres.

It was not easy to interrupt the lively conversation taking place. Alice Fisher, Founder of RAM, formally welcomed everyone and gave them an update on RAM’s accomplishments over the past few months.

It’s been an exciting year so far. We are in talks with several organizations about starting their own chapters of RAM. Our committees are taking shape. Committees that are up and running include: social media, membership, events, intergenerational, and social action. We are also about to start a workplace committee to look into ageism in the workforce and suggest some actions we might take to address this important issue.

Our most visionary program so far is coming out of our intergenerational committee. We have created a pilot 3-session curriculum to present an anti-ageism program to middle schoolers. RAM is currently looking for a school or community center where we can run this pilot program. Several excellent suggestions came from Radical Agers who attended the membership kick-off.

Although this group did not seem to need any conversation starters, cards containing quotes from Ashton’s book were randomly distributed. Radical Agers with cards were instructed to find someone they did not know and engage in discussion about the quote. Alice also reminded us of dates we need to save: Thursday evening, June 8th, RAM will be hosting Laurie Leonard of End of Life Choices NY, who will educate and lead us in a discussion of end-of- life decisions at NY Society for Ethical Culture. Wednesday evening, June 28th, our next Members Only salon will take place at One East 53 rd Street.

RAM could not have pulled off this exciting evening without the help of Traci DeJesu, Alexa Sloan, Angela Hu and Priscilla Gallegos. Thank you! Everyone had a good time.

2017 Membership Launch Party – 4/26/17 Event

The Radical Age Movement
invites you to our
2017 Membership Launch Party

Join us on to raise a glass as we raise our voices against ageism.

Wed, Apr. 26, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
1 East 53rd St (lobby), NYC

Members Only

New members can join at event or Join Online

Benefits of Membership
  • FREE admission to our member programs
  • ATTEND quarterly members only networking events
  • DISCOUNTS for educational programs and leadership and organizing training workshops
  • FREE GIFT – a copy of Ashton Applewhite’s acclaimed book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
If you have any questions, please contact Alexa Sloan at 646-630-4443 or by email.

Movements for Cultural Change in the USA – Event

Due to adverse weather conditions, this event was postponed.
We hope to reschedule soon.

Social Movements Matter:
Creating Cultural Change in America

Q: How do you create cultural change in the U.S.A.?
A: With a movement; It’s the only way we’ve ever done it.

Today, we are watching the rise of social movements across our country. This is not a new phenomenon. Movements have been part of American history.

Join the Radical Age Movement as we look at movements past and present that have sparked cultural change in our society.

nancy-giuntaTuesday, March 14th, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street@ Central Park West, NYC

 Prof. Nancy Giunta, PhD, MSW
Director, Policy and Communications Core
Silberman School of Social Work

A Campaign for Age Justice – 11/14/16 Event

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A Campaign for Age Justice
Getting Our Fair Share

Bobbie Sackman, M.S.W.
Director of Public Policy
Live-On NY
How Ageism Affects the NYC Budget

Steve Burghardt, Ph.D.
Professor, Community Organizing
Silberman School of Social Work
CUNY Hunter College
What We Can Do About It

Monday, Nov. 14, 2016
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

For the past 2 years, The Radical Age Movement has been working to promote awareness of the incessant ageism that permeates our society.

We believe that ageism is the root cause of NYC’s older adults not getting their fair share of the NYC budget.

At this presentation and workshop, you will have an opportunity to learn what YOU can do.

Our Campaign for Age Justice is a 5-point plan. You will be able to choose which part of the plan you want to work on and begin working with others who have the same interest.

We are counting on you to help shape actions to address this insidious age prejudice and eliminate its detrimental effects on young and old alike.

Ageism: Why It Matters – 11/3/16 Event

Yale Alumni Non Profit Alliance

and

Gray Panthers NYC

Present an important forum:

Ageism: Why It Matters

featuring:

Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

and

Becca Levy, Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University
leading scientific researcher on ageism in America

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Ashton Applewhite

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Becca Levy

 

Thu, Nov. 3, 2016
6:15 PM – 8:00 PM

St. Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Avenue
@ 54th Street, NYC

Gray Panthers

For more information, please email Jack Kupferman or call 917-535-0457

Intergenerational Age Cafe – 10/19/16 Event

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, the Radical Age Movement facilitated an Intergenerational Age Café at CUNY Hunter’s Silberman School of Social Work. The event was part of Silberman’s Commons Time sponsored by the Student Alliance for an Aging Society (SAAS). SAAS serves to expand the experience and knowledge of students interested in the field of aging. Thirty older adults and thirty students participated in the Café.

The Age Café is based on a model of engaging people in conversations that matter called the “World Café.” The World Café is a powerful social technology offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world. Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Café is more than a method, a process, or technique – it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership.

alice-fisher-at-age-cafeParticipants were welcomed by Alice Fisher, 70, founder of The Radical Age Movement and introduced to the process by Steve Burghardt, 71, founding member of the Radical Age steering committee.

I’d like to welcome our young intern….

Youth is wasted on the young…

(Overheard in H.R. Office) Well, she is a Millennial, so I wouldn’t count on her dedication to the job. They never stick around for very long….

steve-burhardt-at-age-cafeParticipants were able to revisit these statements several times as they changed seats and new groups were reconstituted. After the first round was completed, the group facilitators reported out on the conversations that these statements triggered.

During the second round, participants were asked to discuss the following:

If change in language is needed, what would some of those changes be? Is it possible for “Old” to be a good word, rather than feared? Is it possible for “young” to be attached to words like “Intern” and it not be a source of condescension?

Finally, participants were asked to speak individually and talk about what they can do personally to confront ageism. The afternoon was a great success, including the start of some new relationships between our older and younger participants.

mimi-at-age-cafeHere are some of their final statements:

  • In the agency I work at, people who are near the end of life are not treated with dignity. So, that is something that I’m going to try to change.
  • I may be more careful with my use of the word “old.”
  • This was a great forum and these were wonderful conversations. Maybe we should make it more of a practice to have older and younger adults talk with each other.
  • Before this I never really gave much thought to ageism. Now I think it’s very important for me to continue having conversations with older adults.
  • jon-fisher-at-age-cafeI’m going to commit to not shy away from having these conversations with an aging population.
  • These conversations made me want to be more interactive with older people.
  • I commit to be more mindful when having conversations with older adults.
  • I think I’m pretty aware of the problems of the old. After today, I am going to become more aware of the issues of the young.
  • To challenge people. I’ve been involved with so many social action movements but never considered the issue of ageism. I think I would like to bring together a group of people to have these discussions.
  • age-cafe-2I have to try to get a handle on what the right words and tonality are and reconfigure my brain. We’ve been educated the wrong way. We don’t have the respect for our elders which they deserve.
  • I know a lot about ageism, but what I haven’t done is integrate it into my own self.
  • I’m going to commit myself to more self-reflection.
  • My commitment is not to judge people in any age group by their age.
  • I have to learn not to treat the older adults I work with like children.
  • I need to realize that sometimes I try to help older people when they really don’t need the help. Respecting their independence.
  • I need to face that I am getting older and things will happen to my body that I don’t like and I need to accept that.
  • I need to internalize that not only is it okay but that I should be proud to be old.

How Technology Promotes Ageism – 9/20/16 Event

How Technology Promotes Ageism
and What You Can Do to Fight Back

Presenter:
Thomas Kamber, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Older Adults Technology Services
Senior Planet

Learn More About “Techno-Ageism”
and the Ways the Digital World is Failing Seniors

Tue, Sep. 20, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

NY Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street @ Central Park West
New York, NY

Tom Kamber is an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator and activist who has created new initiatives in aging, technology, affordable housing and the arts. As founder and executive director of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), Tom has helped over 30,000 seniors get online and created the country’s first technology-themed community center for older adults, Senior Planet.

Intergenerational Age Cafe – 6/14/16 Event

Age Cafe 1 of 3Our June 14, 2016 Intergenerational Age Cafe was our biggest event ever! Nearly one hundred participants across the age spectrum gathered at the NY Society for Ethical Culture to interact with dynamic and engaged people, enjoy delicious refreshments, and discover new ways to recognize and confront the injustices of ageism.

Age Cafe 2 of 3Working with the World Café* model, participants broke into smaller groups for candid discussions on various aspects of aging, highlights of which were shared with the whole room. It was thrilling to encounter so many participants, including many young people, who got the message and are eager to help raise consciousness of ageism within their own communities.

We thank our co-sponsors for helping make this event so exciting: Emerging Aging, the Gray Panthers and the Transition Network.

Age Cafe 3 of 3* The Age Café is based on a model of engaging people in conversations that matter called the “World Café,” which is a powerful social technology offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world. Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Café is more than a method, a process, or technique; it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership.

Share Your Story – Have you experienced and/or confronted ageism recently? Come across a company that portrays older people in a positive, realistic way? Have you already formed a consciousness-raising group of your own? Please share your story with us.

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Ageism and Budget Decisions in NYC – 5/19/16 Event

The Impact of Ageism on Budget Decisions in NYC

Thu, May 19, 2016
6:30 pm – 8 p.m.

NYPH / Health Outreach
420 E 76 St.(bet York & 1st)
1st floor

Location of Our May 19 EventPresenter:
Bobbie Sackman, M.S.W., Director of Public Policy at LiveOn NY

By 2030, 1 in 5 New Yorkers will be over 60. That is a significant increase and provides an opportunity to change the way we view aging in New York!

Ageism, the discrimination and invisibility of older adults is a reality that impacts older New Yorkers every day and is embedded in politics and institutions.

The issues that are impacted by ageist attitudes during the NYC budget process, include; Access to Services, Caregiving, Cultural Competence, Disability, Economic Security, Elder Abuse, Healthcare, Housing, Hunger, Mental Health, Social Isolation, and Transportation.

Age Cafe Event Summary – 3/28/16

The Radical Age Movement Brings the Age Café to Columbia University’s School of Social Work

On Monday, March 28, 2016, The Radical Age Movement was invited to demonstrate our Inter-generational Age Café in collaboration with student members of the Aging Caucus at Columbia’s Social Work School.  Although we ran this program before, this was the first time we were assured that we would be working with a truly inter-generational group of people. Forty people participated in the demonstration, 20 young adults and 20 older adults.  The workshop was co facilitated by Alice Fisher, 70, Founder of The Radical Age Movement, and Angela Hu, 29, a second year Columbia social work student.

Alice Fisher & Angela Hu
The Age Café is based on a model of engaging people in conversations that matter called the “World Café.” The World Café is a powerful social technology offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world. Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Café is more than a method, a process, or technique – it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership.

The World Café methodology is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue.  The process usually begins with the first of three or more twenty minute rounds of conversation for small groups.  At the end of the twenty minutes, each member of the group moves to a different new group, while the group facilitator remains the host of the original circle, welcomes the next group and briefly fills them in on what happened in the previous round.

Our challenge was to figure out how to exercise this process, which is usually at least 3 or 4 hours long, within the 90 minute framework allotted by Columbia.  Although an extremely short amount of time, we could not pass up the opportunity to bring the different generations together.

Because of the time restrictions we formulated only 2 questions to be addressed during this workshop.  #1 was “When you think of ageing, what feelings do these thoughts provoke, and what are your fears?”  #2 was “What can we do as a society to ameliorate the rise in age discrimination?”  Participants were given two rounds to discuss question #1 and one round to discuss question #2.  Members of Radical Age’s steering committee served as group facilitators.

What is the significance of holding inter-generational programs like this?  

Scene at the Age CafeMany of the younger and older participants were separated by two generations.  The concerns of many of the students who are about to enter the world to pursue their careers are very different from those of us who were in the same position 50 years ago.  Meanwhile, those of us who are entering our older years are also experiencing a different environment than our parents did when they made the decision to retire and enjoy their “golden years.”  What this tells us is that there is no longer a blueprint to guide either cohort on their life’s journey.  It is up to all of us, young and old, to create a new blueprint for the generations to follow.  Each group cannot do this alone.  Only together can they travel this unexplored territory and  learn from each other along the way.

One fact that was evident is that both cohorts are greatly affected by the current economic climate.  Younger participants expressed their worry about finding a job and leading an independent life, while realizing that they may have go back to the nest and live with mom and dad until they can accomplish what was for us olders a given.  The jobs were waiting for us.  We were exceeding our parents’ accomplishments without much concern that this would not happen.  We also did not enter the adult world bogged down with the outrageous school loans that these students are chained to.

Our older conversants were also concerned about the economy.  Many feel that they will not have the financial resources to care for themselves.  Age discrimination has forced many out of the job market.  Longevity and advances in medical technology has created a new and vital cohort along the life span; and, yet, this cohort (people between 60 and 80) remains for the most part invisible.

Scene at the Age CafeConversations about our youth obsessed culture were plentiful, as were conversations about education, healthcare, and the workplace.

It is with great appreciation that we thank the students from Columbia’s Social Work School’s Aging Caucus for inviting and helping us introduce the Inter-generational Age Café.  We also thank the students and Radical Agers who participated in the process

Encouraged by the positive feedback from everyone involved, we are going to do it again!  We are now planning a full Inter-generational Age Café for June.  We will be sharing the sponsorship of the event with The Transition Network and other interested organizations.  We are excited about the opportunity to share this enlightening experience with you.  If you are on our mailing list, you will receive save-the-dates and fliers about the event.  If you are not on our mailing list, please contact us to join.

Alice Fisher, M.A., M.S.W., April 14, 2016

 

This Chair Rocks – 3/15/16 Event

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
by Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite - for Mailchimp The Radical Age Movement is proud to celebrate the publication date of our steering committee member Ashton Applewhite’s This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism—a call to mobilize against discrimination on the
basis of age.

Members of The Radical Age Movement’s steering committee will be reading with commentary by Ashton. We will then hold one of our signature consciousness raising sessions as we delve deeper into the personal and political implications of these passages from This Chair Rocks.

This Chair RocksTues, March 15, 2016

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

New York Ethical Culture Society

2 West 64 Street
@ Central Park West
NYC

Refreshments will be served

“I want to live in a world were ageism is just a memory, and This Chair Rocks Illuminates the path.”

Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of Changing Aging

“Wow. This book totally rocks…this book has empowered me.”
Anne Lamott, New York Times best-selling author

“A knowledgeable, straight-talking, and witty book that briskly explains to anyone how-wrong-we-are-about-aging.”
Margaret Morganroth Gulette, author of Agewise

Signed copies will be available for sale.
A percentage of proceeds will go to the Radical Age Movement

Work Group Meeting – 3/2/16

The Radical Age Movement has been growing in interest and activity over the last year.  People have asked about creating RA chapters in Albany, Philadelphia and even New Zealand!  Our Facebook web page gets more and more traffic, and we hope to build a solid social action campaign over the next couple of months. We also have received multiple requests across NYC on how to hold a consciousness raising group.

We can and will grow—but only with the help of people like you.  By committing to two or three hours a week, you could make a vital difference in the growth of our movement. You know your areas of expertise and interest.

To turn your commitment into RA action, we led a work group meeting at 11 am on Wed, Mar. 2, 2016 at Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, ‪360 Lexington Avenue (bet. 40th & 41st St.), 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10017‬‬.

We are holding this meeting mid-day as so many of us are already booked in the evenings. We will provide a conference call-in number if you are busy working elsewhere but can take an hour to hear from our committee leaders on what we plan on doing over the next few months. We also want to hear from you and your ideas on how we can build our group and our movement!

Please take a minute and make a commitment to become an active member of a work group in Radical Aging.  Thank you!

The Radical Age Movement Steering Committee

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Sex Over 50 – 2/24/16 Event

Sex Over 50:
Ageism and the Making of a Quiet Epidemic

Wed, Feb. 24, 2016
6:30 PM – 8 PM
NY Ethical Culture Society
2 West 64th Street (Central Park West)
New York, NY

Did you know that sexual relationships don’t stop just because people get older?

On Wed, Feb. 24, 2016, we learned about ageism, perceptions and reality of older adults and sexuality from Tosia McCormick, MS, LMHC.

Ageism in Medicine – 1/20/16 Event

Ageism in Medicine

Wed, Jan. 20, 2016
6:30 pm – 8 pm
Senior Planet Exploration Center
127 W 25 St (bet. 6th & 7th Ave)
New York, NY
Did you know that…

Ageism in Medicine 1-20-16Older people are often treated with less urgency than younger patients?  This “ageist” attitude is being recognized as a form of discrimination similar to sexism and racism.

On Jan. 20, 2016, we learned about Ageism in Medicine from Dr. Ronald Adelman, Medical Director, Irving Wright Center for Aging and Co-Chief of the Division of Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

This event was co-sponsored by the Radical Age Movement and Senior Planet.

How Ageism Robs Us Of Our Dignity – 12/14/15 Event

The Dance of Marginality
How Ageism Robs Us Of Our Dignity

Mon, Dec. 14, 2015
6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Activist and esteemed speaker Alice Fisher led a wonderful talk about ways to challenge and defeat ageism in and out of our communities.

Alice Fisher, MSW, is the founder of the Radical Age Movement, dedicated to confronting and eradicating age discrimination and its impact on older adults.

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Event location:
SAGE Center Midtown
305 Seventh Avenue (near W 27 St.)
15th Floor
Great Room A
New York, NY 10001

 

The Radical Age Movement’s “Age Café”: An Afternoon of Coffee and Conversation

by Alice Fisher

February 27, 2015

On Saturday, February 21st, 60 people attended The Radical Age Movement’s “Age Café”, a four-hour workshop on ageism.  Based on the organizing process, World Café, the participants had the opportunity to share their stories of ageism with each other and to begin brainstorming on how together we can build a powerful movement that alters how age is dealt with in our society.

When entering the room, attendees found provocative stories and questions about ageism posted around the room to encourage them to think about the ageism stories in their own lives.  They then situated themselves at tables for 4. At each table was a member of the The Radical Age Movement’s steering committee to act as facilitator and scribe.

Alice Fisher welcomed everyone and shared her article, What The Radical Age Movement Is and What It’s Not (theradicalagemovement.com/2015/02/18/what-the-radical-age-movement-is-and-what-its-not/ ). She explained that The Radical Age Movement (RA) is not about all of the individual issues that impact the community of older adults, rather it is about exposing the ageism that lies beneath these issues…the exploitation of and prejudice against people merely because of their age. Alice explained to the room, primarily filled with boomers and seniors, that our efforts can also have a significant impact on younger generations who are feeling pressured today to accomplish their life’s work by the time they are forty, before they are “over the hill”.  We were so pleased to have several younger people among the participants.

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Alice then turned the floor over to Steve Burghardt who was the afternoon’s facilitator. Steve started off the conversations with two questions: What is in your story that brought you to the Age Café today rather than an AARP session on new legislation? and What can we do concretely to confront ageism in our lives and at work? Participants immediately dove into the conversations, sharing their own experiences and observations of the incessant ageism that permeates our society.  There was no shortage of ideas for how to confront this last ‘ism’ that eventually affects every single one of us if we are lucky to live long lives.

Throughout the afternoon, participants changed tables where the conversations continued.  After several rounds, the scribes from each table reported their observations and notes on the conversations.  Some of the comments included:

  • Ageism has to emerge as a movement similar to racism, sexism, etc.,
  • Women with gray hair are automatically assumed to be grandmas (stereotyping).
  • Expressions of discomfort at being offered a seat on the subway (internalized ageism).,
  • Workplaces are often set up to be adversarial (young vs. old).

Thoughts on how to confront ageism included:

  • Call out ageism wherever you see it, among family and friends, in the media, marketing, etc.,
  • Acceptance of ageing starts with ourselves. Be proud of whatever age you are, and “come out” as your age.
  • Develop non-alienating responses we can give when confronted with ageist remarks.,
  • Examine our own ageist tendencies. (consciousness raising).,
  • Develop a public media campaign.

 This is only a small sample of the many concerns and suggestions that emerged from an afternoon of conversations about ageism.

Many of Saturday’s participants expressed interest in becoming active in RA.  Alice and Steve and the rest of the RA steering committee are already rolling up their sleeves to plan our next steps and reach out to those who want to be involved.  To make this work, follow three principles:

  • Combat ageism by adding it in to your life and work, don’t add it on;
  • Deal with the issues that emerge with consistency, not constancy: this is a long term fight that will requite on-gong effort from us all, not a few weeks that wear everyone out;
  • You don’t have to do a lot and you must do a little: new habits of confronting ageism and articulating new ways of thinking and acting about age require small actions over time that committed people commit to—and over time, collectively build to major change.

If people enroll in having a meeting at home or after work that would be great!  Little things mean a lot.  We extend our gratitude to all of those who participated in the Age Café.  Their voices are already serving as a guide as we set off on this significant journey together.