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Why Calling Older Adults ‘Sweetie’ or ‘Honey’ Is Ageist
Date: Feb 9th, 2017 10:31am


Ecumen Communications

Using pet names and child-like vocabulary with older adults is one of the most common ageist behaviors by well-meaning people.

Read Next Avenue’s story about ageist behaviors that are mainstream because people don’t realize they are being demeaning.     

“Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t call me ‘honey’ or ‘sweetie,’” blogger Ronni Bennett tells Next Avenue. Her response: “My name is Ms. Bennett. You may call me that.”

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