Seniors and youth fight ageism through film project

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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.

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