Ageism As A Function Of Health

Crone? How About Wisdom Bearer Or Sophia Of Sophistication And Grace? 

For several years now, I’ve attended a women’s conference each summer. When the meals are served, someone inevitably calls out, “Pregnant, nursing moms, and crones are encouraged to come ahead and eat first!” As I patiently wait with my plate and cutlery in hand, eyes turn to me as younger women encourage me to go ahead to the buffet. Since I’m not nursing or pregnant, I can only assume one thing.

I’m also just as surprised when men on the bus, in the small town in Mexico where I live, get up and offer me their seats. Little kids here openly refer to me as, “Abuela” (grandmother).

I also have a very good friend with two replaced knees and some bionic parts installed in her lower back. She loves to remind me periodically, “You know, Ally, we’re getting old.” Everything in my gut bucks at this statement, where she’s reduced us to ‘Ageism’.

What is ageism? It is stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age. The World Health Organization describes it as, “prejudicial attitudes, discriminatory practices, or institutional policies and practices that perpetuate stereotypical beliefs.”

Admittedly, I’ve done the same. In Canada, where I was born and raised, folks worked for the government or some private company until they retired. After that, they began to have a bit of fun in their “aging years”, traveling and spending winters in Florida. The rest went to some old age home or perished, including my own parents. I’ve met a few folks who bucked the system and charted their own juicy course, set on self-discovery.

How much Scrabble can one person play? Actually, I have several games of Words with Friends on the go on my phone, which I play when I wake up around 5:00 a.m. I will never play shuffleboard on my world cruise, but I will enjoy the yoga classes, and I love high-powered walking around the deck of the ship.

At present, there are about 600 million people aged 60 and over around the globe. If big pharma has their way, they’ll ensure that the population doesn’t double in the developing world by 2025, by encouraging the giving of the flu shot to the elderly, the Dtap to pregnant women and the HPV vaccine to cause young girls to unnaturally go into menopause. All three groups of people, above, have experienced untimely deaths at the hands of the medical mafia. (See sources below.)

Ageism Is An Insidious Disease

Ageism is accepted widely, stemming from the assumption that we’re all the same. Ask a black or native person what racism feels like? Or what homophobia feels like to a gay person? Ageism is the fastest growing type of discrimination.

Ageism serves to minimize a human being. At 55, I can’t just suddenly try marketing myself for that sexy job as the CEO of a corporation. Not that I’d want to, but I’d like to know that I have the option. Ageism serves its economic purpose and that is to limit, based on how we look, our influence, economic purpose, and innate creativity. 

The WHO cites, “In 2014, governments around the world recognized ageism as, “the common source of, the justification for, and the driving force behind age discrimination.” Now why would governments and the allopathic medical system want me to believe I’m no longer of any use? Hmmmm.

Why is this harmful? If you’re getting close to retirement, it is perceived that you’re all used up as a viable resource to humanity. 

Folks suffering the “we’re getting old” state of mind actually live 7.5 years less than those with a viable, positive attitude. (Source cited below.)  

It also causes cardiovascular stress, decreased productivity, and lowered levels of self-sufficiency. Older folks tend to be socially isolated, suffering both cognitive and physical declines. They can become an economic burden to their family as social programs ebb with our so-called ‘social security’ and ‘old age pensions’.

How do we know that the physical and cognitive declines aren’t actually due to being socially isolated? You know, that chicken and egg thing. Negative attitudes can make it hard to find, and pay well for, long-term care providers. Abusive situations arise when long-term care is associated with poor-quality working conditions, the low status accorded to caregiving.

I know many folks who bring their aged parents to Mexico. Monthly costs here are a quarter of what is paid in homes for the aged in Canada and the U.S. They also have awesome, whole foods (papaya off the vine, avocados and limes often grown in the yard). Families here also still take care of their own aging parents, with love and care.

At this stage in my whole and healthy life, I clamor for depictions of healthy wise men and women to aspire to be like. Perhaps you’re interested in the same. Here’s some wonderful folks that I found:

Eleanore Miller, 91

“Every Monday at 8 a.m., Eleanore Miller leads a class at 24 Hour Fitness in Whittier, Calif., and she knows how to keep her mostly elderly students coming back. “You never pick on someone and say, ‘Well, you’re doing it wrong.’ If you’re present, you get 90 percent,” she says. “One lady told me her shoulder hurt, and I said, ‘Come in, and do what you can.’ ” Miller has been active since about age 9 (when her mother, concerned that she was “doing nothing” after school, gave her the green light to go play)—first baseball with her brother as a child in Southern California, badminton and Ping-Pong with neighbors, tennis with grammar school classmate Bobby Riggs (yes, that one), and, for the past 30 years, a regular teaching gig at the gym, where her class combines aerobic activity with stretching and some yoga. Like one of her idols, Jack LaLanne, she’s a firm believer in helping people stay active. Recently, she taught a neighbor a series of hand exercises in order to stop a tremor.”

Source: A Long Life: 7 People, Sailing Past 90 With Lots Left To Do 

Elsa Brehm Hoffmann, 102

“Elsa Hoffmann never imagined living past 100. “I never told anyone my age until I was 90,” she says. So two years ago, when she passed the milestone, she leased herself a Lincoln and threw herself a party she compares to “a huge wedding,” with 180 people and a bower of orchids. (She recently figured she’d “better act my age” and turned the car in.) These days, the Hillsboro Beach, Fla., retiree’s days are filled with luncheons, shopping, and bridge. She loves to cook, and she takes care of paying her own bills. And she’s just back from a cruise, with fellow members of the Deerfield Country Club, to South America and the Caribbean. Her boarding card, the indicator of whether she was old enough to drink, couldn’t fit three digits, so it ID’d her as a 2-year-old, although she was the oldest person on board. “That caused quite an uproar,” she laughs.”

Source: A Long Life: 7 People, Sailing Past 90 With Lots Left To Do

Joseph “José” Grant, 101

“Yes, José Grant was born in 1908. But he still seems to have crammed more into his century-plus life than should be humanly possible. Inspired by an uncle who was one of the first to fly around the world, he became a pilot shortly after the First World War. When the country joined World War II, he was flying with TWA, whose four-engine planes were borrowed by the Army early on. Grant went with them and spent the war flying “generals, presidents—whoever had important work to do, wherever they needed to do it,” he says. After the war, Grant went to Saudi Arabia for two years to be the personal pilot of the king. “He was someone who couldn’t say a bad word to you,” he recalls fondly. While Grant no longer flies solo, he takes the controls frequently when copiloting his 47-year-old son’s Cessna.

During his travels, Grant developed a second obsession: jewelry, namely “puzzle rings,” a number of interconnected bands that fit together in a beautiful design and can be insanely tough for the owner to reassemble. “I was so fascinated by them that I started making them for my friends,” he says. “We used to say there wasn’t a flight crew in the sky without one.” He still works at his 62-year-old jewelry business in Stamford, Conn., also with his son.

How did he pass 100 still going strong? “I’ve always taken care of myself—I never smoked, never drank,” Grant says. “While others were having parties, I always entertained myself. We all have things we want to do.” Grant says he follows no special diet or exercise plan but just stays active, mind and body. Above all else, Grant credits his late wife—they were married for 49 years until her death in 2008—for making life exciting. “Ladies make our lives. Men, we’re not really at our best until we find that someone,” he says. Though he misses her greatly, he’s still happy to be here. “I always wake up with more to do than I can do.””

Source: A Long Life: 7 People, Sailing Past 90 With Lots Left To Do

How Can We Tackle Ageism?  

Actively counter outdated concepts of the aged as burdens. Demonstrate a willingness to ask how we might organize ourselves better as we age. I’ve been researching healthy co-housing communities around the world recently. 

Support campaigns to increase the optics of healthy aging folk in blogs and articles. Make the media pay attention to us wisdom-bearing change agents. Demonstrate to employers and service providers that our health and well-being matters at 93 just as it does at 33.

Be a kick ass, generative, wisdom bearer!  Be viable, active, and keenly interested, and interesting, like the folks illustrated above. Use Heilkunst Medicine to reduce your likelihood for chronic disease. Avoid drugs and vaccines and all their inherent side effects, including death.

I’ve traveled extensively around the world. I have three very successful businesses. I serve over 100 patients per month, worldwide, by video call. I’ve lived as a digital nomad and built my own tiny house, living debt-free on my 2 acres in the woods with my husband. I’ve researched and written 20 books, and I’ve only just gotten started. I write for health magazines in both the U.S. and Canada. 

I helped to mentor much younger women to  run a company called, Hemp Gitchies. I’ve also helped a budding birth worker to write her first Instagram article. I’ve even been a photojournalist for an international publication up until recently (priorities you know!). 

Within the year, I’ll have created enough passive income to retire – but I won’t. Why would I?  I LOVE discovering who I am in all these juicy activities. So next time you refer to me as a crone, abuela, or that, “we’re just getting old,” please be sure that I won’t just be flipping you one bird, but two. I want to make sure I avoid getting arthritis in either of my middle fingers! 

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