Star Trek's Patrick Stewart Criticizes Ageism in New Film

Star Trek's Patrick Stewart has agreed to star in a promotional film against ageism in Britain on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. The Age Old Excuse, as reported by Ireland's plays out as a compelling narrative of three older people who defy stereotypical images of aging.

The Stars of the Film

Ena Mallet, a 79-year-old jujitsu practitioner and martial arts teacher, will act in an ensemble with Ruth Flowers who is better known as 'Mamy Rock' a 72-year-old nightclub DJ.  'Mamy Rock' has toured world-wide since discovering DJ-ing at the age of 68. Geoffrey Palmer, 72, will be the third actor. He is a renowned grain scientist and university lecturer and proclaims that older adults can still innovate.

Age is Just a Number

Stewart, who stars as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series, is 72. He will be a feature actor in The Age Old Excuse. "Age is just a number," he states.

Director, Gavin Toomey, told, "I worked closely with Macmillan on this film and wanted it to be something they could use to really bring to life their Age Old Excuse campaign."

Macmillan is employing the film as part of its campaign to improve the care and treatment of older people in an effort to be offered treatment based on their fitness not their age.

Ageism is admonished in Assisted Living and Continuing Care residences in the USA.