Understanding longevity provides a wake-up call not only for individuals to re-think their lives. and career, but for companies who now have the opportunity to expand and build their markets and revenue potential.
If you’re like most people, you have negative feelings about aging, especially your own aging process. Your first thoughts are of physical decline and decay. These negative thoughts add to your fear and often denial. It is this narrative that author Tracey Gendron, PhD, addresses head on in her new book, Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End It. In fact, Gendron wants us to know that everything we have been taught about aging is wrong.
Saying Goodbye To Grace And Frankie: Thank You For Showing Us How To Live Life To The Fullest At Any Age
They not only challenged our ageist beliefs about older women, but held up a mirror for all of us to explore how we feel about aging. Grace and Frankie “show themselves, their families, and their fans what it means to live life to the fullest, fearlessly and unapologetically.”
Why then do we immediately attribute a memory lapse to cognitive decline due to aging? The answer is that it’s what our culture teaches us and the way we tell ourselves how to grow old. It’s important to note, however, that if we believe we’re in cognitive decline due to our age, that can, in fact, negatively affect our mental abilities. According to extensive research by Dr. Levy, negative ageist beliefs affect our well-being, self-esteem and even our longevity.
Several research studies have found that young children “exhibit gender stereotypes, racial prejudice, and preference for their own race”. Danielle Perszyk, a psychologist at Northwestern University, and her colleagues also confirm that children begin to show bias from an early age. Not only do they absorb the stereotypes they see, but they also become “increasingly attuned to social category labels, social status, and the biases exhibited by family members.”
Lisa Henson, along with her four siblings, spent much of her childhood, in her father’s workshop and studio in New York City. To her, it was a magical place where puppets were drawn and sculpted, and came to life. What a marvelous introduction to innovation and creativity for the woman who now, CEO of The Jim Henson Company, is tasked with not only honoring Jim Henson’s legacy, but moving the company forward in new and dynamic ways.
Make sure you take the time to celebrate 2021, your achievements and lessons learned. Once you reflect on the past year, you’ll recognize how you’ve grown. Going forward, welcome every new opportunity to grow and stay vibrant.
Andersson’s vision was realized in a 70-minute inspiring DocuSymphony. Her creation, Women Warriors: The Voices of Change is now a Grammy-nominated album (2022) and award-winning documentary film that has been winning film festivals all over the globe in 2021. Women Warriors premiered at Lincoln Center September 2019 to a sold-out house and standing ovation. People wept and cheered and sobbed having experienced this moving ground-breaking work.
The call back rate for older women compared to their younger female counterparts was significantly lower despite the fact that the only difference in the resumes was their age. The evaluation of resumes like many other processes in business today is managed by technology, specifically artificial intelligence.