Taru Fisher on Ageism... Rageism!
Taru Fisher has been a guest on this podcast before. New topic for us, old topic between us… age-old topic between us.
Ageism is the last socially accepted form of prejudice.
We discuss Internalized ageism, Cultural ageism, Implicit ageism, and Benevolent ageism. All are irritating, and wrong.
The medical system, tech subjects, are areas where people feel quite free to talk down to elders. Honest and candid, personal experience and personal irritations…
Both of us have great analogies for the ability of our brains to remember more and more as we get older. You’ll hear a few tips for keeping things straight!
Lots of laughter… because that never gets old!
Agnes - in conversation with Taru Fisher
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About the guest: Taru Fisher
Throughout my life, people have told me they appreciated my moxie.
I was never one to sit back and watch life go by.
I had plenty of times in my life when I had to stand up and tell others to stand back. (Being a nurse in a psychiatric hospital was a great training ground.)
But I was never angrier or more riled up than what happened when I hit 60.
Bad enough were the changes I noticed in myself. Let’s face it – watching your hair, your face, and your energy start fading is no one’s idea of a good time.
But that wasn’t the worst of it.
The worst was when I woke up one day and realized I had become invisible. People weren’t talking to me or even at me. They just weren’t seeing me at all.
That’s when I knew I had to stand up and speak out.
The first thing I did was kick those age-old old age stereotypes out of my head. I knew I still had plenty of living left to do – wisdom to share, contributions to make – and I intended to do it.
The next thing I did was reach out to find women who wanted to go with me.
For the last 18 years, I’ve been coaching women to explore and yes, even celebrate this time in their lives. Helping women share their wisdom, renew their purpose, and negotiate their challenges has made my life as rich and meaningful as it’s ever been.
I’m 81 now and find I’m more open, more ready, and more excited than ever. This is my purpose, and my mission, and I absolutely treasure being able to do this work.
If there’s more you’d like to do, something you’d like to explore, or you would just appreciate being part of a community of warm, caring women, you’ve come to the right place.
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