Ageism and the decline narrative of aging were around well before the pandemic started, but for some Americans, COVID-19 has spurred a greater sense of a zero-sum game between younger and older generations. This has been reflected on social media with the concept of boomer remover and frustration that young people are being unnecessarily restricted to protect older populations.
On July 15, 2020, the Longevity Project, in collaboration with the Stanford Center on Longevity, will hold a virtual panel discussion on “A New Ageism? Fallout from the Pandemic” to explore the public and media response to the pandemic and what it means for the perception of older Americans in civil society. The conversation will take place on Zoom from 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm and will include Richard Eisenberg, managing editor of Next Avenue; Paul Irving, chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; and Louise Aronson, a geriatrician and professor of medicine at the UCSF Division of Geriatrics.
The panelists along with the moderator, Ken Stern, Chair of the Longevity Project, will discuss how society has been responding to the most vulnerable population during the coronavirus pandemic and what that means going forward.
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