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Ageism in the modern era

Ageism in the modern era

A recent article in The Atlantic, titled “The Invisibility of Older Women,” by Akiko Busch, struck a deep chord. Having turned 65 last month, I have been welcomed, on more than one occasion, to the age of Medicare. In addition to this milestone, I became a grandmother for the first time in late January. This blessed event brought with it as many questions about whether I’d be called “Grandmom or Granny” as it did about my eagerness to babysit and prepare freezer meals for the busy new parents.

At a time when younger women have a wealth of female role models over 60, ranging from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (85) to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (78) to Angela Merkel...