Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Teens and Elders Together Against Ageism
Thanks to doctafil who blogs at Chalk Jivin', we know about this Canadian film project with teens and elders working together to help fight stereotyping and ageism.
”Through the Age is More program, run in conjunction with Reel Youth, a non-profit organization that focuses on youth and filmmaking, the teens were paired with seniors to make short videos delving into the older peoples' lives.
"'It was amazing,' [16-year-old Opal] McLean says. 'It opened my eyes completely because I never considered ageism to be a really important subject.'"
Opal worked on this film about 88-year-old Bernard Beaudoin:
The project, organized by Revera Inc., a Canadian provider of seniors' care, services and accommodation, grew out of a 2012 research report that found
”...six in 10 seniors age 66 or older say they have been treated unfairly or differently because of their age.The is young filmmaker Ashley Warren with Norma and Roy Clark whose video she worked on.
“More than three in 10 Canadians admitted to ageist behaviour, and, according to Revera, 71 per cent 'agree older people are less valued in our society than younger generations.
"'There's a misconception that as soon as you retire...it's like an expiry on a food product," says [Greg Shaw, a director at the International Federation of Ageing.]
And here is the video with 91-year-old Norma and 87-year-old Roy.
What didn't get mentioned in the film is that Norma is a retired nursing instructor and Roy is a retired surgeon.
”While the Clarks would have liked their video to explore their career experiences, they appreciated the opportunity to be part of the project.
"'I think there was a good camaraderie in all of the relationships,' says Norma. 'When we signed up, we weren't all that sure it was going to be worthwhile, but it was really good. And then when they showed the pictures...it was excellent.'"
The students did such a good job producing these films, we should see another – this one is about Derek Edwards:
I'm sure Opal McLean isn't the only student who learned a lot about elders and I'm guessing the reverse is true too. This is such a productive way to get young and old people together that it should be tried in high schools all over Canada and the United States.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Thomas Moore: A Musing