Opal McLean hesitates to admit she used to believe some of the less-than-flattering ideas out there about what older people are really like.
The 16-year-old from White Rock, B.C., doesn’t have a lot of exposure to seniors in her day-to-day life, and with a grandmother who isn’t very cheerful, she was left with an outlook on aging that was more negative than positive.
It is, McLean says, “kind of embarrassing to say that I did believe the stereotypes.
“My one grandmother is quite grumpy.”
McLean’s outlook did a 180-degree turn, however, after she took part in a program that drew young Canadians and seniors together in a bid to fight stereotyping and discrimination against people based on their age.Read the whole story on CBC View Age is More Films