American Radical Social Activist for Nursing Home Reform and Fighting Ageism, Founder of Gray Panthers
"Ageism is any discrimination against people on the basis of chronological age – whether old or young. It’s responsible for an enormous neglect of social resources."
"Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses."
"Men and women approaching retirement age should be recycled for public service work, and their companies should foot the bill. We can no longer afford to scrap-pile people."
"Power should not be concentrated in the hands of so few, and powerlessness in the hands of so many."
"I'm having a glorious old age. One of my greatest delights is that I have outlived most of my opposition."
"Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week."
"The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion."
"The ultimate indignity is to be given a bedpan by a stranger who calls you by your first name."