Aging and Ageism
- One of the best places on the web to reflect on the relationship between yourself and aging is the student-designed award-winning Web Quest, LinkAge 2000. It takes some time, but it's worth it. [Note: This site was not online the last time I checked, but I'm leaving the link here in case it shows up again.]
- The next best site is one called Walk In My Shoes, which asks a lot of good questions, "reaches across generations and teaches young people about growing older and the physical changes that occur with age."
- You're probably too young to play The Longevity Game. But get your parents to play it, and see how long they might live, based on how they are living their lives right now.
- D.L. Ashliman has put together a list of incredible examples of "Aging and Death in Folklore"--all kinds of proverbs, stories, fairy tales, poems, and other things around the world that present negative, and positive, images of older people.
- Yeah, but what about discrimination against YOUNG people? Tired of curfews, censorship, and disrespect? Try ASFAR: Americans for a Society Free from Age Restrictions--"Dedicated to protecting and advancing the legal civil rights of youth. ASFAR fights the voting age, curfew laws, and other laws that limit the freedom of young people." They've got a nice e-zine, Youth Truth. (The site is geared toward young people in the US, however.)
- Or (another US-oriented site; sorry), try the National Youth Rights Association, engaged in "the last civil rights movement."
- Finally, check out the Pro-Youth Pages, a one-person crusade against youth ageism.