Betty White is my hero! What a force to behold. She is 90 years young this year with a blossoming career in acting and turning ageism in America on its face. Ageism is something we all experience whether we know it or not. Wikipedia nails it, “Ageism, or age discrimination is stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups because of their age. It is a set of beliefs, attitudes, norms, and values used to justify age based prejudice, discrimination, and subordination.It’s not just the elderly but the aging process itself that is stereotyped. I am sure you experience this in some fashion in your own life? Well… Betty is here to break this wide open for us and shine a light on how misinformed we all are! Especially in 2012.

Here is how she is doing it. Betty White is using her wit and talents to produce a show called “Off Their Rockers” which airs on NBC, Wednesdays 8/7c. Elders play pranks on members of the younger generation in a similar manner of Candid Camera.

I find it interesting that there is a thread on sexuality that is woven through most of her episodes. There is a perception that we shut down sexually as we age. This may be true for some of us, hormones and priorities shift. But this isn’t exactly the norm and societal stigma says it is.  A scene I appreciated: an elder woman sits down next to two young men and talks loudly on her phone about the hot party she went to the night before and her frisky behaviors. You can imagine their reaction? It really is worth watching. I laughed out loud…

Here is the link to last night’s episode: Off Their Rockers Episode 4

Enjoy! Let us know what you think…

One Comment

  1. Rick willis

    Hello to you.Yes I do watch the Betty White show ea wk and to me it is funny but, so true and I do love the show alot.I hope it is on for yrs.Even tho Betty is 90 later on in life when she has passed hopefully not for along time.But, to me it is GREAT.My mother is in a really good pl in Westerville,Ohio.The Best I have ever found in Ohio.It is very pricey and after you have use all your assets.My question is what do you do then. This is all pvt pay.I know you have to go to medicade.Where in Columbus,Ohio.a good one.Any of the ones I have seen is not that nice at all.But, unless you have tons of money a millionare plus and you live a long live what do you do then.To me that is a real problem in Ohio.Do you have any answers?

    Rick Willis

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