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“Don’t Call Us Old: Baby Boomers Reject Traditional Terms for Aging” | Star Tribune

  • The negative connotations of certain terms related to old age
  • The importance of not alienating an economically powerful population
  • Debate as a placeholder for the “right” language to use

“‘Elderly’ No More” | The New York Times

  • Language to use when talking about people 65 or older
  • Why it’s often unnecessary to identify by age
  • The need to address underlying attitudes

“‘Elderly’ No Longer Acceptable Word for Older People | The Telegraph

  • About International Longevity Centre’s guide for journalists for covering people over 50
  • The message spread by ageist stereotypes
  • The logic behind the guide’s style preferences

“In ‘Sweetie’ and ‘Dear,’ a Hurt for the Elderly” | The New York Times

  • On unintentionally belittling older people with elderspeak
  • The negative health consequences of having poor attitudes about aging
  • On using disingenuous terms such as young lady when talking to an older woman

“Use of the Term ‘Elderly'” | Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy

  • How “convenient” terms in health care, such as elderly, perpetuates stereotypes
  • The link between ageism and less robust care
  • Recommended terms that are precise and “value-free”

“Why Sex-Trafficked Children Can’t Be Called Prostitutes” | TakePart

“We find this language to be inaccurate because these children are under the age of consent, and it’s inconsistent with federal law and most states’ anti-trafficking laws, which consider these children victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.”—Yasmin Vafa, cofounder of Human Rights for Girls


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