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25 Apr 13 13:04

Older people have a lifetime of experience, and many are sources of incredible knowledge and wisdom. They're potentially one of society's greatest assets. Yet so often we place them on the edge of society. We need to find better ways for older people to remain active and involved - in work, in community, in society. How do we think about work, about our buildings and public spaces, about our social interactions, about our prejudices and value systems, to allow this to happen?

Category: Funding longer lives: Social contract

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Matt Singleton - 25 Apr 2013, 3:16 p.m.

This is a great question. I saw a talk on our unconscious biases earlier this week and the fact you mention 'prejudices' is interesting. The Professor told us experiments show that, when people are told they are interviewing an older person, they walk slower than they do when it's a younger person. This is not only once they meet the older person and take them to the interview room, but also ON THE WAY to meeting them ... before they've even actually met them!

He said it's only once we accept the fact that we have these biases that we can start to address them. This may be the first step on a long road.

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