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Connections: Ageism in America

Jan 26, 2016

The number of senior citizens in the U.S. is growing: eventually, 80 million Americans will be 65 or older. Is society embracing the aging population as well as it could or should?

A new documentary, called Advanced Style, seeks to shatter stereotypes of senior citizens by celebrating independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are empowering themselves and challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western society’s increasing obsession with youth. The film will be screened Monday, February 8 at St. John’s Brickstone, during an event sponsored by the JCC of Rochester and St. John’s.

Our guests share their personal experiences with ageism as we discuss stereotypes, media portrayals, and efforts to bridge generational gaps and improve perceptions of people aged 60+.

Our guests:

  • Monica Flaum, local fashion consultant speaking at the Advanced Style event
  • Mary Guhin, clinical project manager, Trillium Health
  • Elizabeth Kellogg Walker, RN, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor, University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • Mary Rose McBride, vice president of marketing and communications, Lifespan
  • Dan Mulcahy, creative director, Bush Communications
  • Tim Shea, media specialist in the Department of Psychiatry, UR Medicine
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