A woman writing about how she experiences the simple act of shopping shows just how how banal and ordinary the discrimination against older people can be:
In our society old women are despised because they are no longer attractive or able to reproduce. My hair is gray; often, in my everyday life, when I speak to young men they don’t “see” me. When I ask where to find a given object in a commercial establishment, they fix their eyes on a distant wall while they give me directions. Such invisibility is a fact of life for older women; we learn to live with it and if we are blessed with a sense of humor, even extract a certain amount of amusement from it.
This must change but, bear in mind that it is the Elders themselves who must lead the struggle.
We will have the old age we make for ourselves and no other.