One of our goals with the panel as well as this site is to reframe ageism as a diversity issue, from something that affects "them" to something that will – and does – affect us all. Our objective is to encourage a general awareness of ageism, not just in Hollywood, but in all our lives, everyday, in ways we barely notice as well as ways that are infuriatingly impossible not to notice.
Below are some links to some studies and other resources on ageism. There is lots to read, including: our own Panel PDF; the W.H.O's report on ageism; the USC Annenberg Inclusive Initiative, a study of diversity (including age) in film and TV; and a study by The Institute on Aging about how our individual perceptions about age and aging have a direct and, as it turns out, quantifiable impact on our longevity. Put simply: the less you fear aging, the longer you'll live. And not just a few months longer. The study found that those who had a positive view of aging lived a full 7.5 years longer than those whose views of aging were negative! That's the goal here – to help challenge and change these perceptions, to alleviate these fears – and the stigmas – associated with aging, so that we can live not only happier lives, but longer ones as well.