“Age is just a number.” Whether it’s a throwaway line in conversation, a catchy slogan primed to catch our attention in advertising or some sort of justification in the news when someone older does something extraordinary, sayings like this crop up everywhere you turn.

Phrases such as “you look great for your age”, “you still have time” and “young at heart” are all too common. It’s unfortunate, but I believe we are appallingly ageist in Australia. And this is just where it begins.