(NewsNation) — Is it fair to criticize someone’s age, specifically when they’re in a certain role?
If Donald Trump wins another term in the White House, he will be 78 when it begins. That would make him the second-oldest president in history, after Biden, who turns 80 on Sunday.
Jay Olshansky, a professor at the UIC School of Public Schools, said Wednesday on “Banfield” that age should not be a deciding factor in selecting a president. He says that “Biden is not 80 years old, in many… ways.”
Olshansky published a study evaluating the medical records of Trump and Biden
who discovered that they both qualify as “super-agers”. A “super-age” is someone 80 years or older who exhibits cognitive function comparable to that of “the average middle-aged person.”
Age discrimination activist Ashton Applewhite joined the conversation about how damaging aging is to our society.
“It’s in the millions of ways we emphasize that ‘you’re aging well, it seems like you’re not aging at all.’ And that getting old is failing. When, in fact, we never hear the other side of the story, which is the many ways that aging also benefits us,” Applewhite said.