City of Toronto launches anti-ageism campaign with fake ‘aging cream’ posters

City of Toronto launches anti-ageism campaign with fake ‘aging cream’ posters
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The City of Toronto is working to combat ageism in the workplace with a new campaign, complete with fake “aging cream” posters.

The campaign launched on Nov. 4 with posters placed throughout the city advertising a cream that would make people “look older.”

On Tuesday, it was revealed that the cream was made up to garner attention and make people aware of stereotypes they may hold of older adults.

“We initially promoted a fictitious product to kind of play on the beauty industry and the promotion of anti-aging products, but then a week later we revealed that the aging cream isn’t real, but ageism in the workplace is,” said Andrea Austen, the manger of seniors services for the City of Toronto.

“We wanted to find a creative way to get people’s attention and start a conversation.”

New posters are now being rolled out, explaining the initiative.

“Ageism is the most socially accepted, normalized and tolerated form of discrimination today,” the city says of the campaign on its website.

“Ageism, like racism and sexism, stems from the assumption that all people of a group (i.e. older people) are the same. Within the workplace, older adults are less likely to be hired, receive training and experience more discrimination than their younger colleagues.”
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