Seminar explores ageism
Posted on 16 November 2017
“Unmasking the Face of Ageism”
A Seminar by Ina Albert, Certified Sage-ing® Leader
Whitefish February 9, 10, 11
Ina Albert, Certified Sage-ing® International Leader will be holding an experiential seminar weekend called “Unmasking the Face of Ageism”
in Whitefish Feb. 9-11.
”Ageism is a prejudice hiding in plain sight,” Albert said. “It’s inside you and me. It affects every facet of society. It is a disease that we are all exposed to—a thought virus from which none of us is immune. But by unmasking it, we can create the vaccine together.
The seminar will unveil the effects of Ageism on language, communication styles, social mores, legal protections, employment practices, health care, family relationships, and more. Participants will explore, discuss and develop a new vision of growing older that strengthens individual and collective voices, expands creativity, shares dreams, legacies, intuitions and the powerful wisdom of our years.
“Based on the fear of growing old, mortality, and our obsession with looking young, Ageism tries to convince us to trade our ability to age naturally for a dream of maintaining youthful vigor, energy and physical appearance forever! Ageism is the last socially sanctioned prejudice, and its anti-aging marketing campaign is its public platform. It has to be confronted and disempowered.”
Albert has been developing and leading seminars about growing older since 1999. Unmasking the Face of Ageism, is her latest experiential seminar weekend and is open to anyone interested in exploring this topic. The fee for the full weekend is $125 per person, or $110 if payment is received by February 3, 2018.
Albert says that because ageism is so much a part of our society, we don’t recognize it. It’s in neighborhoods, cities, small town, farms, businesses, and school in every facet of our lives. And it is inside you and me because we accept the negative judgments about older people being incompetent, grumpy, dependent and unproductive as valid.
“Society reinforces our need to maintain the charade of staying young,” Ina Albert said. “How does trying to be something and someone we are not affect our self-esteem, relationships, health, memory, and ability to enjoy our bonus years creatively? We are not ageless, but we are living an average of 30 years longer than our ancestors. We are living longer and stronger. In our bonus years we can create a meaningful legacy, pursue forgotten dreams, and establish relationships with younger relatives and friends. We have more time with grandchildren and to enrich ourselves, our families, and our communities.”
“Unmasking the Face of Ageism” will be held:
Friday, February 9 from 7-9 p.m., Saturday, February 10 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, February 10 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Bohemian Grange Hall at Rte. 93 and Blanchard Lake Rd. in Whitefish behind Coffee Traders.
The fee for the full weekend seminar is $125 per person, or $110 if payment is received by February 3, 2018. Checks are payable to Ina Albert and sent to 955 Northwoods Drive, Whitefish, MT 59937. For questions, call 406 249-4642 or email Inaalbert@me.com.