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Elders & Anti-Ageism

Ageism - Actions, rules & ideas that give middle-age adults more power than older adults and children.

SMASH THE KYRIARCHY

Why Act Now?

Elders laid the path for social change so we can make an impact today. They know how to cultivate change that has been nurtured over decades and centuries.

Listening to them it makes it easier for us to replicate their successes and avoid repeating their mistakes.

Elder Accomplice Family Action Toolkit

An Anti-Ageism Toolkit For Activist Kids

If we don't care about an issue, we won't take action. Kids have the right to choose curiosity-provoking resources that connect with our values and abilities.

1. SPARK CURIOSITY

Engage

Learn how this issue impacts us and the people we care about.

2. ASK QUESTIONS

Discuss

Process with adults who are willing to be honest and challenge our assumptions.

3. SET INTENTIONS

Reflect

Transform what we've learned into hands-on creativity.

4. CREATE CHANGE

Act

Step into our power with kid-friendly acts of service.

STEP 1: 5 MINUTES

Spark Curiosity: Pick One Story

Which stories and videos make you interested in learning more about this issue?

Which would you recommend to other kids? Add your own suggestions in the comments below.

Infants & Toddlers

Go, Grandpa, Go!

Ages 2+

Ages 4-7

CHOSEN BY KYRIARCHY-SMASHING KIDS

Best Kids Books Destigmatizing Aging

STEP 2: 10 MINUTES

Make It Personal: Ask Questions

Ask & answer these questions with an adult who you trust to be honest with you..

Do you...

How do you feel about being the age of a grand, or great-grandparent?

What do the stories you follow tell you life as an older adult will be like?

When...

When older adults are in movies and books, what roles do they play?

Are they main characters with fun lives?

Or are they burdens or supporting characters for younger people?

How...

How do we speak up when others make assumptions about older adults?

Does your age make it easier to advocate for older adults? Harder?

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family eating together

*How to talk about privilege with kids: Acknowledging our opportunities and resources (and what to do about it)

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STEP 3: USE WHAT YOU HAVE

From Theory To Real-World: Creative Reflection

Time to move from theory to reality. Use creative play to integrate what we've learned, take responsibility, and own what's within our control.

Pre-K & Elementary

Ancestor Interview

Interactive guidebook for kids with prompts for older adults to share the stories of our ancestors (both biological and chosen).

Elementary

Quiz: Am I Ageist?

A fun 2-minute quiz to see where you sti on the ageism spectrum, via EveryAge Counts.

Elementary+

Ageism Bingo

Evaluate your family bookshelf for ageist tropes using this bingo game - and keep it handy for Family Movie Night.

Elementary+

Agony of the Aged

Review 'Agony of the Aged,' a photo series published 23-year-old Soham Gupta as a 'tribute' to 'remember' older adults, via Al Jazeera in Pictures.

Based on the scenes, poses, shadows, and how they are written about - how do you think this young artist feels about aging?

If you needed help - would you choose to be depicted this way?

How might the photos look different if the subjects took the photos themselves?

Middle School+

Aging-In-Place

Use this interactive map to find a Village to Village Network local to you. Many of these aging-in-place groups organize creative inter-generational community mutual aid projects.

For example, my community has 'Storm Squads' for phone check-ins during disastrous weather. Others connect residents with older adults who volunteer to repair small appliances for free.

RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

Published: Last Updated on

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IT'S STILL OKAY TO LAUGH

Hard conversations with humor & joy

Every month the Luminary Braintrust tackles a new member challenge to make talking about social justice easier in real life.

STEP 4: ASSESS YOUR CAPACITY

Step Into Your Power: Take Action

Learning and talking is great - but nothing will change until we take action. Whether it's time, money, or influence - we all have something we can share to change the world.

This is who we are. This is the power we hold. This is how we show up.

if you have $15

Support LGBTQ+ Elder-Led Advocacy

The National Council of Elders is a coalition of Jim-Crow-era civil rights activist who share what they've learned and support youth-led activism.

if you have 10 minutes

Support LGBTQ+ Elder Legislation

SAGE is advocating to pass legislation such as the Older Americans Act.

Sign up for quick action alerts when they need your voice to support petitions and other quick actions.

If you have 5 friends

Amplify & Boost

Share this toolkit with 5 friends who would appreciate your help tackling these topics as a family.

DIG DEEPER

Bonus Resources

Share what worked for your family (and what didn't).

Add the resources you suggest in the comments below to help families like yours.

SERIES

Why Young Activists Depend on the Fight for Elder Rights

Introduction to ageist tropes, recommended reading for kids, and a guide to analyzing problematic ageism in children's literature.

Via Raising Luminaries

READ

Intersectional Issues Facing LGBT+ Elders

Understanding how stereotypes, discrimination, and systemic oppression impacts multiply-targeted elders.

via SAGE

WATCH

A Place That Does Not Yet Exist,
Living The Future Now

#OwnVoices advocacy stories from desegregation & abolition activists from Jim Crow through the present.

via Allied Media Conference & The National Council of Elders

WATCH

She Looks Good
...For Her Age

Watch the blonde lady get flustered and try and walk it back!!!

Haaaahhahah! Very satisfying.

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I’m an Autistic, multiracial (Chinese/Irish) 2nd-generation settler raising two children alongside my partner on the homelands of the Wampanoag and Massachusett people. My goal with Raising Luminaries is to collaborate with families and educators in raising the next generation of kind & courageous leaders, so we can all smash the kyriarchy together.

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RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

Published: Last Updated on

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Posts may contain affiliate links and  sponsorships, which allow me to earn a commission at no extra cost to you.

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