EDITORIAL: In defence against AGEISM

Are you aware of it yet? Do you feel it affecting you? Are you able to recognize it when it is happening to you?

In recent years, ageism – which is defined as discrimination or prejudice based on a person’s age – has been a growing issue in our society. Ageism affects both young and old alike, with the elderly often facing the brunt of the problem. From negative stereotypes about the elderly to instances of discrimination in the workplace, ageism is a real and pressing problem that needs to be addressed.

Ageism is a form of discrimination that is based on outdated and false assumptions. For example, the idea that the elderly are unable to contribute to society or that they are unable to adapt to change is simply not true. In fact, the elderly often have a wealth of experience and knowledge that can be tapped into and can be just as capable of adapting and learning new skills as younger people.

Ageism in the workplace is a particularly serious issue. Older workers often face unfair treatment in the form of lower wages, fewer job opportunities, and even outright dismissal. This is often based on the assumption that older workers are not as capable or competent as younger ones. While this may be true in some cases, it is certainly not true in all cases, and age should not be a factor when determining whether a person is fit for a job.

Ageism can also have a negative impact on the mental and physical health of the elderly. Negative stereotypes about the elderly can lead to feelings of isolation, fear, and anxiety, which can lead to further physical and psychological problems.

In order to combat ageism, it is important to challenge negative stereotypes and assumptions about the elderly and to recognize the valuable contributions they can make to society. We must also ensure that older workers are treated fairly in the workplace and given the same opportunities as younger ones. Finally, we must work to create a society where ageism is no longer tolerated and where everyone – regardless of age – is valued and respected.



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