Empowering Seniors to Step From the Shadows | Maggie Wallem Rowe | TEDxLakeJunaluska

Empowering Seniors to Step From the Shadows | Maggie Wallem Rowe | TEDxLakeJunaluska

In western culture older women in particular often feel unseen and unheard, consigned to the margins rather than being in the middle of the stories society elevates. Maggie Wallem Rowe makes the case that self-prejudice is an unrecognized form of discrimination practiced when older women and men define themselves by what they no longer have instead of what they’ve yet to give. Four things can help seniors step from the shadows into the vibrancy of the final third of life. Wallem Rowe is a national speaker, dramatist, and writer from western North Carolina. Her work includes decades in public relations, adult education, and ministry to women. Maggie’s first book was traditionally published when she was 67. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


  1. PAPE COMMONS on March 16, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Remarkable presentation, Maggie. Well done. Thougthful comments that demand quiet reflection.

  2. Md Rubel on March 16, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Very nice

  3. Cynthia Ruchti on March 16, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    This is so good! Thanks, Maggie.

  4. Z C on March 16, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    This was brilliant!

  5. Cassidy SA on March 16, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    I have the most greatest fight you can find and ethically code a dragon it can help us a lot of stuff like lifting pulling fighting who knows maybe the blood will even be helped with some dangerous diseases please this was my dream I always wanted this. Come to this please

  6. A Dharmic Indian on March 16, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Well,…..3rd like ๐Ÿ‘

  7. Melissa Crosby on March 16, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Great talk! And well done delivery! ๐Ÿ’•

  8. Michael Doherty on March 16, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Ageism is rife and is one of the silent โ€œismsโ€ that is rarely acknowledged.
    Older women should be guiding the younger generations to prevent the same mistakes being made. There should be more female politicians especially older ones.

  9. Michael Huskey on March 16, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    This is an important topic that is rarely discussed publicly. Your content and presentation was very helpful. For the life of me, I can’t see why nine people, as of today, gave this talk a thumbs down. You deserve a lot of credit for motivating others to make their world a better place. Bravo.

  10. carole patterson on March 16, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    I found it interesting when you said we are all our Ages. I remember in an acting class when I was in my early forties and the teacher said : oh no, you can’t be a Juliet unless you’re in your forties!
    I always remembered that. BY the way, that was Juliet as in Romeo and Juliet.
    SO that’s something to reflect upon.
    THE other thing I noticed was 2 verbs: they were celebrating Youth and honoring the elderly. I think the reason we only celebrate and we no longer honor is because actually the concept of Honor I do not find prevalent in our current Society. I truly don’t feel anybody honors anyone. Obviously on a one-to-one basis in a family or friendship perhaps that occurs but that is not the coin of the realm any longer. THEY speak about honoring the military but that’s just because they feel guilty that they’re killing all these young people for the oil industry and these young people have NO choice because there aren’t enough jobs or enough ways to get skilled to get a proper job so they go into the army and get killed or they get maimed or they come back with PTSD.
    WE need to reintroduce honor into the society but that’s easier said than done as honest & honor are first cousins & u can’t have one without the other. No one says any longer: Honesty is the best policy.

  11. carole patterson on March 16, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    You nailed it: they are so afraid of what they will become but you know like anything you’re afraid of if you get to know it it’s not so scary and actually you might find it pretty nice or beautiful or stimulating or creative or exciting or wise ALL I CAN SAY IS give it a whirl๐Ÿ”ƒ๐Ÿ”›๐Ÿ•Š