One reason I enjoy blogging is that I can write whatever I want. I don’t have an editor, so I only have to please me, and hopefully you.
But I have been thinking about words sending the wrong message. The Reframing Aging Initiative, for example, suggests that one way to help combat ageism is to change our vocabulary. Here are some examples:
Don’t Refer to: Instead, Use
elderly or senior citizens older adults
they and them us and we
a silver tsunami people living longer and healthier lives as contributing citizens
Most importantly, don’t use Elderspeak (as if talking to a child).
Some habits are hard to change.
We should try.