- Our culture bombards kids with negative stereotypes of older adults in a variety of media and these stereotypes do affect their beliefs at a very young age. (Read more.)
- Young children actually act on ageist beliefs according to researcher Sheree Kwong See of the University of Alberta, yet most parents want to foster understanding and respect in their kids—for people of different ages, and those of different race, gender and ethnicity. (Read more.)
- In contrast to the negative stereotypes about aging, late life holds many good things and older adults actually tend to be happier than younger people. (Read more.)
- Simply seeing old age in a positive light leads to improved cardiovascular health and helps people live longer and healthier according to researcher Becca Levy, Ph.D. of Yale University. (Read more.)
- Positive attitudes to aging have the greatest effect on health and longevity if instilled in childhood. (Read more.)
- Adults reading with children will be impacted in positive ways. Positive images of late life can potentially affect the physical health and dignity of parents, grand-parents, teachers and librarians as they get older. (Read more.)
- Well, yes, I did say six reasons, but after all—do we really want our children or grandchildren to think less of us, or our parents, as we all age in a perfectly normal way?
Coming soon—ideas for using picture books to facilitate communication between generations. I welcome your comments, questions and ideas.
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