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Revera Report on Ageism: A Look at Gender Differences

The latest research report from Revera Inc., a leading Canadian provider of seniors’ accommodation, care and services sheds light on the dichotomy that older women are more likely than men to experience ageism, yet are more optimistic about aging than men. With the Revera Report on Ageism: A Look at Gender Differences, Revera hopes to open the dialogue on this aspect of ageism and highlight for Canadians the need to treat older people as individuals with unique needs and life experiences, not pigeon-hole them based on stereotypes.

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Dora says there are perks to age and the white hair that comes with it, “I always get a great seat on a bus. People jump right up!” An avid golfer for 37 years, she gave it up when it became too hard on her shoulder. She’s always enjoyed exercise though, so she joined a couple of walking clubs. When asked about changes and challenges she says, “There are things in life you just have to accept. I don’t worry about aging or what people think; I’m too busy.”   Joan acknowledges that ageism is a real problem but it’s not something that has ever slowed her down. “Age is just a number and I don’t care about that number. Life is more about your outlook, keep smiling at the world” she says. “When I was younger my parents never said ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that’; now my daughter often says ‘you did WHAT?!” when I tell her what I’ve been up to.”
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I’m a positive person, always have been,” says Anita. “Whatever comes, comes; there’s nothing you can do about it so you have to learn to deal with it.” This attitude was likely tested and tried many times during an active family and professional life, and more than 30 years as an avid golfer. But the big test came twenty years ago when Anita suffered a stroke and was paralyzed from the neck down—doctors said she’d never walk again. Today, Anita relies on a walker for stability, but she certainly does walk. “I’m a very strong-minded person,” she says. “The stroke took care of my golf game though.”   A long life means lots of changes and adaptations over time. In Helen’s younger days those changes included moves from England to Oshawa, Ontario and then to Ottawa, Ontario. Activities moved from the physical challenges of tennis, curling and golf, to the mental athletics of activities like bridge. When asked about the changes that come with aging, Helen says “You can’t do much about it so you might as well just go with the flow. I enjoy what I can and take part in the things that are suitable for me. Aging just happens so you go with the flow.”

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