Right before the pandemic, I was at a book signing in LA. I started talking to this man about forty. We discussed books, writing, and other things. “What do you do?” I asked after a while.

“I’m an age coach.”

“A what?”

“I advise people how to cope with their age.”

“You make age sound like grief counseling,” I say.

“It is,” he says with a heavy sigh.

Ageism is a scam. A vocation. A talk show topic, bestseller, sitcom. Ageism exploits age. It’s a million dollar business…