- Avoid ageist comments and jokes (https://www.seniorliving.org/guides/ageism-against-older-people/). Ageism is subtle and everywhere, even embedded within our everyday language. Many older people desperately try to remain young-looking because they are often dismissed as being an old hag, old crony, or over the hill. Try to avoid using this language.
- Don’t ignore older people. Instead, reach out to an older person with a smile, warm eye contact or a polite greeting. Help them feel seen and connected.
- Call your aging relative, older friend or neighbor and let them know that you care. Maintaining regular contact with the older people in your life will help reduce their risk of elder abuse.
- Invite an older adult to share a cup of tea or a walk with you and ask them what they feel passionate about.
- Speak up and put a stop to ageism and elder abuse (http://www.healthinaging.org/resources/resource:preventing-elder-abuse-and-neglect-in-older-adults/). As a society, we no longer tolerate racist or sexist comments or actions. Share this article with friends and family and spread awareness.
- Wear purple on June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (http://eldermistreatment.usc.edu/weaad-home/) to start a conversation and inspire others to think about how they have internalized ageism.
Join the global campaign. In May 2016, the World Health Assembly called on the Director-General to develop a global campaign to combat ageism and implement the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Aging and Health. One initiative that came from this is the International Day of Older Persons (http://www.un.org/en/events/olderpersonsday/background.shtml).