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Ageists Beware; the Older Generation is Making a New Year’s Resolution to Play a New Role in 2017 and Beyond, says AMAC

‘The world belongs to the young at heart’

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 6 – Big changes are in store for America’s older citizens in 2017 and beyond, says Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

“It used to be that the world belonged to the young when in fact it has always belonged to the young at heart.  And, with more people living longer than ever before, the older generations have an opportunity to show our worth.  The stereotypes of the past are slowly but surely giving way to a new way to look at the so-called ‘older generation’ as more and more of us embrace active retirements and even the establishment of new business careers.” according Weber.

Recently, the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging shed light on the importance of recognizing the nation’s aging population as an invaluable asset.  At a summit convened to stress the importance of the contribution the older population can make in the nation’s future, participants focused on the need for “reframing perceptions of aging in the 21st century.”

Among their conclusions:  we must change our perceptions of growing old.  A report issued at the conclusion of the Milken summit stated that: “Today it is socially unacceptable to ignore, ridicule, or stereotype someone based on their gender, race, or sexual orientation.  So why is it still acceptable to do this to people based on their age?  Ageism creates a negative reality of aging.  It’s bad enough that ageism can influence public policy, employment practices, and how people are treated in society, but what’s worse is that we accept the ageist behavior ourselves and start acting it out.  Older people are as multidimensional as any other group in our society.  We need to show the multidimensionality of their passion.”

The Census Bureau estimates that America’s population aged 65 and over will be nearly 84 million people or nearly 20% of the nation’s expected population.

“What’s more important,” says Dan Weber, “is the fact that the majority of them will be active citizens, playing a transformative role in society.  The miracles of modern medicine will contribute to the ‘new look’ of old age, but it will be the self-determination that we express today that will make the difference.  There’s a lot of knowledge we carry around in our old brains and it is time to put that knowledge to good use by becoming role models and mentors.  It’s a New Year’s resolution befitting the knowledge we have amassed over the years.”


The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.  Live long and make a difference by joining us today at http://amac.us/join-amac.

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19 Comments on "Ageists Beware; the Older Generation is Making a New Year’s Resolution to Play a New Role in 2017 and Beyond, says AMAC"

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Well, now that I’M a senior, I have to admit that I certainly know a heck of a lot more in terms of Living Life than our young people. But then again, when it comes to computer and smart phone knowledge, the young people CERTAINLY KNOW more than the majority of us seniors. But now that I am forced to continue to having to work by financial necessity, I am having to learn more about smart technology. Listen people, this technology IS changing the way ALL people live. Many jobs are going to be eliminated. Robots WILL begin to replace people on ANY assembly line, email is eliminating the need for a post office. Print media is going the way of the dinosaur, it’s going to be extinct, and any jobs in print media, mine included, are now gone. I’ve seen predictions that in as soon as 2020, half the… Read more »
Very well said Rik. I wasn’t going to bother commenting on the article itself, as it just references yet another paid for study that repeats the same conclusions. None of which are new or surprising and that I’ve read elsewhere literally dozens of times over the last 10 to 15 years. However, if I may, I would like to comment on a few points you mentioned. Before retiring, I worked in the technology and financial industries from a global perspective. So I know quite a bit about the long-term trends and impacts that various policies you mentioned will have on various industries and society as a whole. 1) Technology has and will continue to re-shape all aspects of society going forward. You are correct that everyone, including seniors, has to stay current with how to use technology or they will become unemployable. Anyone out there that thinks the world is… Read more »

Rik, as PaulE indicated, yes, much better than the pap article itself. Very well described as to the situation, and by inclusion of PaulE’s comments, so well over the top of anything AMAC has been able to produce.
You two have made the subject worthwhile and not a waste of time as was the survey of the Milken study.
Makes one wonder what criteria is used in selecting articles to post each week.
Oh, and me and mine are already in a rural area, and so far surviving quite well. There’s a lot of land in Texas and very little confiscated by the Federals (see: the western states).
And boy were you two long winded. But a good read. Keep it up.

Hi Ivan, of course I’m long winded, I’ve been in sales for 45 years and PaulE’s comments are ALWAYS worth reading no matter the length.

Hi Ivan,

I think flipping a coin is the selection criteria for what articles get selected each week.

Yeah I read about Obama’s parting shot to seize all that land. Completely disgraceful and NOT what the law was designed for. It was designed to protect a specific single structure, man-made or natural, within a limited area. Grabbing 1.3 million acres, in one case, to protect some limited sites with ancient drawings is just Obama flipping the finger to some western states. A class act right to the end.

Yes, and that coin must either be of potmetal or lead: It so often flops.
Maybe next week will be better and more interesting. Its about time, don’t you think?

Yes. One would hope that AMAC would actually run more compelling articles covering a broader range of topics. There are certainly enough of them being written each week from a multitude of sources. Given the dwindling number of respondents with each passing week, to the largely repetitive articles, AMAC needs to broaden its perspective of what constitutes issues of interest to so-called seniors. Of course it would also help if they revised their so-called solutions to Obamacare, SS, etc. to actually reflect the conservative values they claim to support. Not holding my breath of that one though.

Well, you three respondants I just read brought about 1) a lifting in my heart…near to Donald Trump presidency; 2) confirmation where I find myself is awesome…in everywhere I walk… not perfect yet, but smileable; 3) my far-from-perfect children and families were led/are being shown paths that won’t leave them empty/distraught/spinning helplessly. 4)my losses are ‘light to their paths/wisdom/smarts/insights’… allowing my Talents/Gifts to flow freely. **Reading/Listening to others way deeper than what ‘deplorable/unredeemable’ describes. Thank you for this forum… I’m swimming with you.

Surely you mean: “Communism disguised as Democratic Socialism!!! ???

These days I think we have more millennials living in their parents home with the highest non participating labor levels ever since the great depression.

I “retired” at age 65. Found out that SS alone does not keep pace with inflation. At 77, I thought I was too old…nobody wants to hire me! Made application online with Walmart the early part of October. Within three days, I got a call for an interview…next day I was hired and into job orientation. I am now a proud “Walmart Associate” working in Assembly where my primary job is assembling bikes, but we (myself and my partner, Charles Gregory) also assemble displays. I just love it! We are back in a corner with seperate work benches and our own tools (supplied by Walmart). There is a lot of turnover…mainly the younger crowd. Many cannot pass the drug tests. Others, the background test. And others were just looking for an easy paycheck. Starting hourly wage is $9.00. I think it is an excellent start for young and old. You… Read more »

Good for you Ronald. You found that SS isn’t the financial panacea many thought it would be for retirement and then you went out and did something to bolster your finances in order to address the issue. You took proactive action to address the problem and also found something you like doing as well. Well done.

Some might call it luck. Well, you seem to have made your own luck, Mr. Dodd.

And just to complete the thought, military retired pay doesn’t keep up with inflation, either. Hence my two “hobby jobs” to keep everything in the black while maintaining a non-extravagant lifestyle in “retirement.”

I will be 70 in March. Hard to believe, where did 50 years go. I had a decent career but a lousy retirement plan. Retail is very competitive job and most of my employers ended up going out of business. I am still working, driving a truck overnight as an independent contractor. It’s a job that does not worry to much about age. I have 2 daughters still living at home and am divorced. I am not bitter about my situation, but feel it is keeping me out there and young. It’s good there is a chance they may look at the baby boom generation in a new light with our numbers. They need to. Our generation has gone through much change and they need us more than ever to lend guidance in fixing what has gone down hill. Respect of others and their opinions, love of family and fellow… Read more »

the site says go to read about planned parenthood . you go and its not there. needs improvement

Ed, I found it & I m 81 yrs of age! so try again :)

This is good news

I “retired” in 2008 due to family obligations. My mother could no longer stay alone all week while I was gone, so I did what I was supposed to, and wanted to, do. I took care of her until she passed away 4 years ago. In 2016, at age 71, I returned to my previous occupation. I am an over-the-road truck driver. I quickly realized that I don’t do retirement very well.