Age stigma can result in humiliation, anxiety, helplessness, loss of productivity, loss of self-esteem, shorter life spans, depression, and fear of getting treatment.
Ageism, like racism and sexism, becomes institutionalized, affecting hiring decisions, medical care, and social policy.
Age stereotypes are often internalized at a young age - even by the age of four - and are reinforced over their lifetimes.
of older adults reported experiencing ageism
Ageism prevents us from developing an affirmative vision for a full human life and a vital multigenerational society.
How do we change it?
Recognize ageism (in ourselves as well as in social practices and policies) by raising our own awareness and consciousness;
Challenge ageist assumptions and stereotypes through education, advocacy, and protest;
Develop new social maps that embrace our full human journey, including the second half of adulthood.
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Changing the Narrative
Ageism Fact Sheet
World Economic Forum
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