“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find out what it means to me” – Aretha Franklin
“Respect yourself, hey, hey” – Madonna
“We've got to show some respect, We've got to learn to protect” – Tina Turner
“Oh baby please give a little respect to me” – Erasure
The concept of belonging and feeling heard is age-friendly at its core. No matter what age you are — newborn to 110 years old — the feeling of being valued tops the charts. We can counter stigma about aging by changing the language we use when we talk about older adults.
Respect and Social Inclusion inspires feelings of trust in older adults, allows for decision-making opportunities, evokes feelings that our voice is heard, reduces judgement, inspires kindness, and sparks respectful intergenerational relations. Intergenerational activities are a great way for young and old to learn from one another, honor what each has to offer, and at the same time feel good about themselves.
The Age-Friendly Sarasota County Action Plan includes the goals, objectives, and strategies for the "Respect and Social Inclusion" domain during the plan's implementation phase (June 2017 – May 2020).