Ageism And Its Effects On Society

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Ageism is endorsed throughout global culture and often is overlooked as a form of prejudice. However, this acceptance and ignorance towards an ageist culture, has proven to inflict severe mental, physical and emotional health implications. Although ageism is easily understood, it often goes unnoticed as a type of discrimination and unlike other prejudices, it will impact anyone who manages to make it to the sixth decade of live (Nelson, 2016). So, in hindsight it is discriminating against ones future self. Studies have identified that 80% of people aged 60 and older have experienced forms of ageism (Robbins, 2015). This figure is appalling considering the adverse health affects negative stereotyping can impose. In order to understand ageism and its affects it is vital to explore age prejudice from a multi-generational perspective. As well as understand the social-imagination contributing to a negative ideology of ageing. Only after understanding the aetiology of ageism, can interventions be put in place to eradicate this worldwide prejudice.
Youth often look towards old age negatively, connotations of disease, disability, uselessness and ultimately death makes up just a small portion of the stigma attached to aging (Levy and Macdonald, 2016). Society has somewhat subconsciously developed a radically extreme picture of what it means to age, raising issues for the old and young alike. Historical factors such as youths fear of aging and need for mortality not only affects
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