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Last Chapter Novella #2

February 2023

Follow 73 year old Camille and her friend Sarah navigating life and loving every minute of it! If you have read Pate, Paste and Patience, you'll know they run into ageism and ableism along the way, dealing with it with the charm and wit that only comes with age. I always stress the smile worthy aspect of Last Chapter novellas, but in this one, you just may find yourself laughing out loud as the friends participate in a protest march and almost find themselves in jail.

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Ageism - How Did We Get To This Point

We need to know what it is before we can advocate for ourselves.

This will be a brief history of ageism presented in easy to read, (at least!) once weekly bite sized pieces.


Let's start with the World Health Organization's definition of ageism.


Ageism: This refers to the stereotypes (how we think), prejudices (how we feel) and discrimination (how we act) towards others or oneself based on age. 

Ageism goes back to pre-modern times (often defined by 'late medieval period (1500 A.D.) to the mid-19th century, when life expectancy was much lower. Social opinions were different and heavily influenced by religion. They held older people in higher regard than they are today. Abilities and skills of older people were valued. Then, along comes the industrial revolution.

The second half of the 19th century lent itself well to invention. Using these inventions created in the US and those imported from Europe led to industrial urban areas. The need to 'follow the money' caused families to move from the farms that had been the norm for years. Moving caused the most problems for the oldest in these families, for obvious reasons. Establishing themselves in these new urban settings caused an upheaval in families as older members no longer had the authority and wisdom they had back on the farms. The labor and working hours required youth in its workers that could no longer look to their elders for wisdom and guidance in these new situations. This may well be the time in history that older people were no longer an asset but become problems.

Advances in medicine and improvements in the standard of living led to the cruel reality of additional problems in society. Older individuals were increasingly finding themselves with the need to become self supporting on the streets of factory towns.

The 20th century and the Great Depression of the 1930s exacerbated the problems even more. Concerned parties advocated for society to stop ignoring these older people, and the 1940s saw the advent of social security. Unfortunately, this resulted in even more negative feelings toward the aged.

***next, we will jump ahead to the 1960s and Lyndon Johnson's Great Society to see if there was improvement for the aged.***

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Faces of older people making their last chapter their best....


It isn't often we get to see a parade of people in their 60s, 70s, and beyond. These are what Last Chapter Living is all about. Visit our blog, read refreshing, relatable stories, relax and enjoy. We hope it inspires​ you to make your last chapter your best, too! Please listen to the lovely music that accomanies the video.

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Last Chapter Novellas #1

Camille proves to her son, Brian, that she can live on her own, in her own home and on her own terms. You'll enjoy this story as she and her best friend Sarah try their hand at French cooking, and an interpersonal class called Dealing With Difficult People. And...would you believe me when I tell you she even enrolled in an Internal Construction class? She does, and her construction partner, dubbed Grumpy Guy, dishes out a little ageism and ableism and she copes with it with the dignity only a 73 year old woman can.

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