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Ageism

  • An expert’s take on the standard definition of ageism
    This blog post defines ageism. It is geared towards the general public, and particularly anyone concerned with ageism in our society.
  • How Ageism Worsened in the Pandemic
    This video presentation raises awareness about the impact of Covid on older people, resulting in what Guillette calls a ‘geronticide’. She points to the high number of deaths in long term care facilities among older adults. This problem exposes the deep underlying ageism in our society.
  • Old School
    This website is a clearinghouse of information about ageism, which includes tools, reports, blogs, campaigns, videos, organizations, podcasts.
  • Pass It On Network
    Pass It On Network is a global grassroots peer to peer learning network of older adults and innovative thinkers sharing ideas and programs to support aging adults with longer life spans to live vitally.
  • Ted Talk: Ashton ApplewhiteAshton Applewhite deconstructs the concept of ageism, discusses the powerful impact of ageism on people’s health, in the workplace, and more. She describes ageism as a global health problem.
  • Workplace Age Discrimination Still Flourishes in America
    This article is about discrimination older adults face in the workplace based on age. It highlights reports on ageism that have been widely accepted as condemnable, but it also asserts that ageism is so ingrained and accepted in our society that not much by way of accountability has been accomplished. Users will learn what ageism is and information on workforce ageism and discrimination. The resource for this article is AARP.

BIPOC aging

  • 35 Self-Care Tips: An Affirmation Movement for Black Women by Black Women (website article) – Dear Black Women
    This online resource includes a self-care page with core self-care information and advice. The page also provides links to additional mental health resources. The examples provided on the website are modest and useful for women across race/gender/and class. For Black women specifically, this website offers resources to counter the depleting impact of the Strong Black Woman archetype.
  • Affirmations: An Affirmation Movement for Black Women by Black Women (website article) – Dear Black Women
    Online resource that includes positive affirmations. The affirmation page includes links to additional affirmations and full articles for mental health and spiritual wellness. The page also links to additional mental health resources. The affirmations are relatable and center the experiences of Black women. In addition, each affirmation links to a supplementary reading related to the topic of the affirmation.
  • Aging Out: Exploring Ageism and Heterosexism Among African American Lesbians and Gay Males (website article) – Imani Woody, PhD
    This article discusses the intersection of multiple identities experienced over the life span, in a culture steeped in racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism and homophobia. African-American lesbians and gay males experience at a minimum two hostile environments: being lesbian or gay in a heterosexist society; being a person of color in a racist culture; being female in a sexist culture; and being old in a youth-worshipping culture.
  • Black Resilience – Broadening the Narrative and the Science on Cardiovascular Health and Disease Disparities (journal article) – Herman A. Taylor, Jr., Tulani Washington-Plaskett, and Arshed A. Quyyumi
    This journal article introduces The Morehouse-Emory Cardiovascular (MECA) Center for Health Equity Study. This is an academic article that emphasizes Black American’s resilience to cardiovascular disease and other health disparities.
  • It Takes a Village (video) – Norby Blake/ nDigiDreams
    Elder Norby Blake, an enrolled member of the White Earth Tribe, shares her history as a community organizer and how she helped build the very first urban health clinic in the nation for American Indians in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Readers will learn about the healthcare needs of urban Indians and Ms. Blake’s relentless quest to be of service to her community. This resource can inspire community organizers who “chose to help in nation building.” She says: “We spend our time and energy strengthening the spiritual and cultural fabric of our people.”
  • My Sister’s Keeper: An Episode from the Black Girl’s Guide to Surviving Menopause (podcast episode) – Omisade Burney-Scott
    In this podcast episode, we get to know Monique George (or Mo) who is currently the Program Officer for the NYC Equity Initiative at Open Society Foundations. As part of geting to know her, we hear her story of coming out, aging while queer, and what its like to be a Black Butch-identified woman encountering menopause.
  • Reconceptualizing Successful Aging Among Black Women and the Relevance of the Strong Black Woman Archetype (journal article) – Tamara A. Baker, PhD, NiCole T. Buchanan, PhD, Chivon A. Mingo, PhD, Rosalyn Roker, MA, Candace S. Brown, MAG, MEd
    This academic journal article is about resilience and successful aging among Black women. The article explains the relevance and positive impact of the Strong Black Woman archetype among older Black women. The article provides useful information for the general public, but presented in an academic format.
  • Serving Diverse Elders: Strategies for Meaningful Inclusion in Service Planning and Delivery (website) – National Consortium on Aging Resources for Seniors’ Equity
    This guide aims to provide the Aging Network with tools and resources needed to be more inclusive of culturally diverse populations of older adults during the planning process. Readers will learn how to write inclusive planning goals and objectives with lots of examples and success stories of others who have done so.

LGBTQ Aging

  • Aging with Pride (website) – The Goldstein Institute (Scholar, Karen Fredriksen Goldsen)
    Aging with Pride is the website for The Goldsen Institute at the University of Washington. The website includes reports, presentations, fact sheets and other resources from the Institute’s research. The Goldsen Institute’s mission is to enhance the health, wellness, and longevity of resilient, underserved communities.
  • Create your Care Plan: An LGBT Person’s Guide to Preparing for Medical Procedures (website) – SAGE
    LGBTQ culturally competent care planning for short- or long-term health challenges is woefully sparse in the US. LGBTQ older adults are often estranged from their families of origin, which can lead to the need to cobble together a care plan with chosen family when they are incapacitated. This resource recognizes the lived reality of LGBTQ older adults and provides straight forward guidance on creating plans that are customizable to the individual.
  • Homophobia in Elder Care (podcast) – The Shape of Care podcast
    This episode of The Shape of Care podcast features Dale Mitchell, who co-founded the LBGTQ Aging Project. He discusses the challenges LGBTQ elders face in elder care programs/services, and the need to rehaul the system so providers understand the needs of LGBTQ seniors.
  • Honored onscreen and in sound, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, a messenger whose time is now (website) – Allyson McCabe
    The article shares the artistic and personal journey of Beverly Glenn Copeland, a Black transgender person. The article also includes video links to Copeland’s beautiful music and messages of acceptance.
  • New documentary shines a spotlight on Black transgender elder (website) – Allyson McCabe
    The recording shares the artistic and personal journey of Beverly Glenn Copeland, a Black transgender person. The article introduces Copeland’s documentary and includes snippets of Copeland’s beautiful music and messages of acceptance. Copeland’s story is inspiring and captures a rare glimpse into the life of a Black transgender elder. BIPOC/LGBTQIA persons.
  • The Stonewall Generation: Q&A with Dr. Jane Fleischman (website) – SAGE USA
    In this interview, Dr. Fleishman provides insight to the lived experiences she collected in her curated book, The Stonewall Generation. Lesbian elders and elders of color talk about the state of affairs in the country and aging authentically. Dr. Imani Woody is a featured contributor.
  • Victory! Lambda Legal Secures Social Security Survivor’s Benefits for Same-Sex Partners (website) – Lambda Legal
    In November 2021, Lambda Legal was victorious in securing survivor benefits for same-sex spouses and partners denied equal access to social security benefits. This court victory affects individuals who were unable to meet the requirement for survivor’s benefits that they be married for a minimum of nine months because of discriminatory marriage laws and for whom marriage was not an option at all. Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Bodies

  • National Poll on Healthy Aging: Reports (website) – University of Michigan
    This website provides many useful and accessible reports on “healthy aging”, with links to resources on many related topics such as ageism, brain health, hearing loss, and caregiving. and videos providing older adults perspectives on a range of topics, including choosing a doctor, the value of pets, and medical marijuana.
  • Menopause Whilst Black: The Podcast with Karen Arthur (podcast) – Karen Arthur
    Karen Arthur’s UK podcast titled “Menopause Whilst Black,” is “committed to centering the menopause journeys of Black UK women.” Her website links to her Instagram, and the podcast. The podcast is interview-based, and promotes body positivity.
  • “ ‘They’re Trying to Take “ ‘They’re Trying to Take Our Parts’—The Hysterectomy in U.S. History” (website) – Emma Hergenrother
    This short essay, part of WomenAdvaNCe’s “Women’s Reproductive Care Series,” discusses the history of how medicine has imposed hysterectomies on women “as a tool to deny certain people their rights to reproductive freedom.” WomenAdvaNCe is “an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of North Carolina’s women and families by providing education and encouraging constructive public dialogue about progressive ideas and public policy initiatives.”
  • We need to talk about the LGBTQ+ menopause experience (website) – Megan Sutton for good housekeeping.com
    A UK-based overview of how medicine and mainstream advice on aging neglect aging LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of menopause. Queer people may avoid seeking medical services, expecting discrimination. The author cites people who describe anxiety or body-dysmorphic feelings during menopause, and several medical professionals who seek to provide queer-positive care (including one trans practitioner). The article recommends that medical practitioners use more inclusive language and get trainings in trans awareness.
  • Medical History (website – poem) – Nicole Sealey
    In this poem, Nicole Sealey shows how we learn to reduce ourselves to a “medical history” — for medical experts — comprised of our own major bodily events and the causes of death of our relatives. with inequities in the healthcare system.
  • “What if We Didn’t Dread Menopause?” (website) – Susan Mattern
    Mattern describes the “bleak” misogynist medical history of menopause and advocates that we “stop talking about menopause as though there’s something wrong with it.”
  • “The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism – Dr. Jen Gunter.”  (video) – Jen Gunter hosted by Charis Circle
    Charis Circle of Atlanta, GA, hosts Michele Cohen Marill interviewing Dr. Jen Gunter about her book, The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism. Gunter takes a feminist view of medicine, but still does medicalize it in some ways (for instance, she constantly uses the word “symptoms” even as she attempts to normalize menopause. Over all, though, she contests lots of past medical treatments, gives a generally non-pathologizing overview of changes people experience in menopause.
  • Twyla Tharp Wants You to Move (website) – Gia Kourlas
    This book review is about Twyla Tharp’s book, Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life. Ms. Tharp has been active all her life and now she is exploring how to move past a fear of time’s passing and the aging process. Readers will learn about her approach to finding purpose and growth as you age.
  • Glass Half Full (podcast) – Leslie Krongold
    This podcast focuses on how people live with chronic and/or disabling conditions. While it doesn’t focus explicitly on aging, the theme arises often. Episodes that are categorized as having to do with aging include: “Hug a Tree & Live Longer,” “An R.N. Talks about Herbal Relief for Muscle Pain, Anxiety, Insomnia, & GI problems,” “Sleep Disorders: Insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Central & Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and Sleep Hygiene,” “End-of-Life: End Well, Bedside Yoga, and Death Doula,” “Audiology: All About Ears & Hearing Loss,” and “Yoga & Walking: Ease Pain, Reduce Stress.”

Sexuality

  • American Indian and Alaska Native LGBT Adults in the US (website) – Bianca D.M. Wilson; L Bouton; and Christy Mallory
    This resource is about the intersectionality between AI/AN heritage and LGBT identity. It focuses on demographic characteristics and several key domains of well-being, including mental health, physical health, economic health, and social and cultural experiences. Users will learn about the how LGBT identity impacts individuals who are AIAN.
  • Nonbinary LGBTQ Adults in the United States (website) – Bianca D.M. Wilson
    This resource is about nonbinary LGBTQ identity in the United States. It focuses on understanding the term and the differences between binary and nonbinary identities. In fact, the report suggests there are key differences between binary and nonbinary identified transgender people that are relevant to understanding health and well-being, such as higher rates of depression but lower rates of mental health care usage among nonbinary people. Users will gain an understanding of the identity and the demographic characteristics of nonbinary adults.
  • Our Better Half podcast, The New Sexual Playground: Teaching Health Professionals About Aging and Sex (podcast) – Host – Dr. Jane Fleischman; guest: Dr. Gretchen Fry
    This episode of Our Better Half features Dr. Gretchen Fry, A New Sexual Playground: Teaching Health Professionals about Aging and Sex. Dr. Fry, a retired clinician, now devoted to writing and presenting about sexuality as we age, “normalizes” the challenges individuals and couples face as they try to remain emotionally and sexually engaged.
  • Our Better Half podcast: Intersection of Sexualities and Disabilities (podcast) –  Host – Dr. Jane Fleischman; Guest – Kelly Gordon
    This episode of Our Better Half features Kelly Gordon, a woman who in a wheelchair who works for a sex toy company. Kelly is outspoken about the challenges she has faced in terms of her limitations and self-image, and how she has adapted and thrived, staying engaged in meaningful work, and promoting adaptive sex toys through the company where she’s employed. This episode is a fascinating portrait on a woman facing serious disability issues who engages listeners in how to continue having a healthy and active sex life.
  • Our Better Half podcast: Reel Old Sex with Joan Price and Jessica Drake (podcast) – Host – Dr. Jane Fleischman; Guests – Joan Price and Jessica Drake
    This episode of Our Better Half features an interview with Joan Price, an expert on senior sex, and Jessica Drake, an award-winning sexuality educator and filmmaker. Together they created A Guide to Wicked Sex: Senior Sex with real people having and talking about senior sex. This episode provides an open discussion of sex as we age.
  • “The Sunday Read: ‘The Joys (and Challenges) of Sex After 70′” (website) – Maggie Jones
    Jones writes about sex in old age, ageism, and medical neglect of older adults’ sexuality. She takes a sex-positive view, and reports on interviews with ordinary people and medical professionals.
  • How to discuss sex with elderly patients (website) – Folashade Omole et al
    This article offers advice to medical doctors about talking to older adults about sexuality. The author descibes simple methods for medical professionals to use to discuss sexuality with older adult clients. She demonstrates how important these conversations can be, and documents medical providers’ inadequacies in this area. She offers information about older adults’ sexual practices and treatable “sexual problems.” All of these would be useful for older adults to know, and could facilitate starting a conversation with a medical professional — since, as the article demonstrates, medical professionals often do not know how to talk about sexuality.
  • Is it OK for Grandma to Have Sex? Lessons from an Aging Sexuality Educator (video) – Jane Fleishman, PhD
    Dr. Jane offers sharp insights regarding the naturalness of desire, response and sexual intimacy in later life. She identifies ways to promote healthy sexuality for old people.
  • Senior Sex Tips from Joan Price (website) – Joan Price
    This site provides links that address a range of issues about senior sexuality, including scheduling sex dates, responsive versus spontaneous desire, and redefining what real sex is. The author advocates for ageless sexuality, acknowledging potential physial challenges, as well as the possibilities for joy. And it provides practical information for all genders partnered or unpartnered.
  • Let’s talk about sex after 50 (website) – Shelley Emling/AARP

Care

  • Poet Nikki Giovanni on Age, Identity, and the Passing of Time (website) – Morgan Jerkins
    This interview features American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, Nikki Giovanni. She discusses her book “A Good Cry,” a collection of poetic reflections on her family, friends, and life. And she briefly reflects on aging, caretaking, and letting go. Poets often observe our social world through a unique artistic lens. Their poems and reflections on life, like song lyrics, often provide epic insight into our world and emotions. Nikki Giovanni’s insights capture life at the intersections of race/gender/class. Her insights on caretaking and letting go are likely to resonate with women across various intersecting social statuses.
  • A Guide to Finding an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Long-Term Care Community (website) – SAGE and HRc
    This resource provides a guide to people exploring long-term care for LGBTQ+/SGL elders.
  • Here’s Why Agism Takes an Especially Heavy Toll on LGBTQ (website) – John Gallagher
    This article provides examples of how Ageism adversely impacts LGBTQ+/SGL elders.
  • How Nursing Homes’ Worst Offenses Are Hidden From the Public  (website) – Robert Gebeloff, Katie Thomas and Jessica Silver-Greenberg
    This article outlines the inadequate system for regulating quality of care in nursing homes, citing egregious examples of poor to dangerous care that isn’t publicly disclosed. The system of monitoring care is dependent on state inspectors. Federal investigators, who only monitor a small percentage of troubled facilities, tend to identify more serious problems than the state inspectors have identified.
  • 2020 Report: Caregiving in the United States (website) – AARP and National Alliance on Caregiving
    This report is a comprehensive and accessible compilation of 2019 research findings about the prevalence and demographics of caregivers in the United States, the nature of care work, caregiver stress/health, financial impact of caregiving and more. It also discusses the impacts and supports provided to caregivers who are in the paid workforce, and provides information and resources for caregivers.
  • Care in the time of Corona: An interview with sociologist Taura Taylor (podcast) – The Shape of Care podcast
    This episode of The Shape of Care podcast features sociologist Taura Taylor, a Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University who teaches about race and resilience. Over the years, Taura has played a caregiver role to a number of family members, and three years ago, her mother moved in with her. Taura talks candidly about her experience as a caregiver to her mother, and more broadly, about the culture of caregiving in African-American families.
  • Interview with Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta: Reimagining Care Policies (podcast) – The Shape of Care podcast
    This episode of The Shape of Care podcast features activists Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta, who share personal caregiving stories, and discuss the need for progressive care policy in the U.S.
  • End Well (website) – End Well Project
    The End Well Project offers a wide variety of blogs and videos about caregiving, death, dying, dementia, and grief.
  • 99% Invisible (multimedia) – 99% Invisible
  • The design-oriented podcast 99% INVISIBLE includes several episodes that relate to aging, death and dying, disability, health, housing and homelessness, such as: “Curb Cuts” (4/27/21); “Housing First” (12/8/20); “Icon for Access” (2/18/14); “Redesigning for Urban Death: From Flameless Cremation to Digital Afterlives” (11/7/16); “Sound and Health: Hospitals” (5/23/19); and “Unsheltered in Place” (4/14/20).
  • How does gender equality affect women in retirement? (website) – The Brookings Institute
    This is a short report by the Brookings Institute that covers the challenges women face in saving for retirement and ends with policy recommendations. It would be useful for anyone interested in educating themselves about this issue, but it is particularly useful for women, femmes, and anyone who does not have male privilege in the labor market understand how this particular form of disadvantage works.
  • For aging transgender population, retirement can be bittersweet refuge (website) – Aljazeera
    This news article gives an overview of the unique challenges that transgender people face as they age, including facing discrimination when moving to retirement or assisted living communities and the difficulty in receiving appropriate health care.
  • Retiring While Black (website) – Consumer Reports
    This article gives a brief explanation of why Black people have less retirement savings than others and provides advice about what Black people can do about it.
  • Nearly two-thirds of older Black Americans can’t afford to live alone without help – and it’s even tougher for Latinos (website) – The Conversation
    This article covers a central hurdle for people in retirement: housing. It covers the particular hurdle that racialized people face in terms of their housing choices.
  • Racial Wealth Gap Deepens U.S. Retirement Crisis (podcast) – Wall Street Journal Podcasts
    This is a short, 15 minute podcast that covers the racial disparities in retirement savings. It also includes some practical advice for those impacted.
  • When your romantic partner has Parkinson’s Disease (podcast) – The Shape of Care podcast
    When your romantic partner has Parkinson’s Disease.