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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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