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.”