Wrong language or images can easily convey a stereotypical idea of older people. This sheet gives concrete communication tips that can make a huge difference in the way we talk about ageing and older age. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspiration: (c) FrameWorks Institute. 2017. Quick Start Guide. Washington, DC.
*Additional versions of this short guide can be developed for other languages at a later stage
- Prefer people's faces rather than a body part (back, wrinkled hands) – it helps representing older people as persons with emotions and thoughts
- Reflect the diversity of older people in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, ability...
- Avoid pictures of hunched-over person – although many older people are living with a disability, disability can take various forms and not only be physical
- Prefer group pictures instead of lonely older people – if you aim at intergenerational gatherines, make sure you consider alternatives to family gathering as more and more older people are also now ageing without children
- Prefer active representations of older people – older people do much more in their daily life and in their community than sitting and contemplating the landscape
- Prefer coloured pictures instead of black and white or sepia
Interested in going further?
Check our guidelines to adopt a rights-based approach to ageing
Check the World Health Organisation's guide to avoid ageism in communication