• Ageism Unmasked

  • Exploring Age Bias and How to End It
  • By: Tracey Gendron
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What if everything you thought you knew about aging was wrong?

This bold account of the history and present-day realities of ageism by a nationally recognized gerontologist and speaker uncovers ageism's roots, impact, and how each of us can create a new reality of elderhood.

Ageism Unmasked shifts the lens, enabling us to see that we tolerate, and sometimes actively promote, attitudes and behaviors toward differently aged people that we would reject and condemn if applied to any other group. It peels back the layers to expose how cultural norms and unconscious prejudices have seeped into our lives, silently shaping our treatment of others based on their age and our own misconceptions about aging - and about ourselves.

Offering an all-inclusive approach, Dr. Tracey Gendron reveals the biases behind our false understanding of aging, sharing powerful opportunities for personal growth along with strategies to help create an anti-ageist society. 

  • Ageism Unmasked will help listeners let go of our desperate need to stay young...exposing how we personally, systematically, structurally, and institutionally stigmatize being old.  
  • Ageism Unmasked will help listeners appreciate both the challenges and opportunities of how we all age...showing how ageism is prejudice toward both younger and older people. 
  • Ageism Unmasked will help listeners reset our expectations for getting old...providing the tools to anticipate and experience elderhood as a time of renewed meaning and purpose, empowering each of us to create our own definition of successful aging. 

Ageism Unmasked continues Dr. Gendron's transformative work inspiring people of all ages to embrace aging as our universal and lifelong process of developing over time - biologically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually.

©2022 Steerforth (P)2022 Steerforth

Critic Reviews

"The strategies Gendron proposes to disrupt age bias and embrace elderhood are both pragmatic and refreshing."
--Jeanette Leardi, Next Avenue

"While her prose is crisp, declarative, and scholarly, it is also accessible and accented with personality and wit; the inclusion of her own personal reflections about aging add a great amount of relatability and narrative connection. Readers concerned with aging will find Gendron’s discussion on the expectations of getting older, as well as the challenges many face with aging, refreshingly helpful. Also crucial is the author’s optimistic perspective about appreciating and embracing the aging process, which can promote better mental health, opportunities for productivity, personal development, and overall happiness."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"...a vivid and thoughtful account of human ageing for the general reader, encompassing the history of ageist biases and describing the undeniable damage they inflict – along with suggestions for uprooting them."
--South China Morning Post

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A much-needed corrective on the topic of age bias.

A call to action. An exhaustive, compassionate, and eye-opening chronicle of the dominant cultural narrative regarding aging and its antidote.