Age old questions

Age old questions

You can deny it, delay it or surgically hide it – but the reality is, we all get old.  Despite this inevitability, society and the media continue to push stereotypes of older people.

Astute Radio‘s Sepi Roshan started a conversation with Hilary Farnworth, to find out explore these stereotypes and how they affect people’s lives and work.

When it comes to the world of work, many older workers are ending up in the silver scrap-heap.  It’s worse for older women, who earn less than men throughout their working lives and are more likely to live in poverty in old age.

Where older men become wiser and sexier, older women become invisible, shrivelled and fade into the background.  When was the last time you heard an older woman described as serious, professional, experienced, skilled, wise and quality?  We discuss the role of the media and how we need more role models like Judi Dench and Helen Mirren.

Hilary and Astute Radio go beyond stereotypes.  Listen and find out what it’s really like to get older.

What does “old” mean to you?  Are you looking forward to getting older?  What stereotypes about older women get your goat?

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