Join us in this statewide movement for aging equity, where we are working to both shift the narrative about aging and have Illinois government address demographic change with a long-term Strategic Action Plan for Aging Equity, as has been successfully developed in other states, such as California and Colorado.
Ageism is prejudice or discrimination based on age and the tendency to structure society based on an assumption that everyone is young, thereby failing to respond appropriately to the real needs of older persons.
Ageism operates alongside other systems of inequity and oppression––racism, classism, genderism, ableism, and many others––to cause health inequities. It will take building a statewide movement made up of individuals and organizations to begin to both counteract ageism and to develop solutions that support equitable aging well throughout life. We won’t have aging equity without justice across all other areas of people’s lives. Further, aging equity will only happen if we develop solutions that span across all sectors––housing, education, healthcare, public health, transportation, and more. HB5698 is an important step Illinois can take to work towards aging equity.
Again, please sign on here to express support for the Illinois Aging Together campaign for a Strategic Action Plan for Aging Equity in Illinois and share with others.