Reducing the Divide between Young and Old

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The area of diversity that we will look at here is Ageism. First we will discuss some of the more important barriers that are present because of age. We will discuss how this group is affected by discrimination, prejudices, and stereotypes and some of the sources that perpetuate it. Finally we’ll attempt to show some strategies that both young and old can use to promote communication and understanding to hopefully reduce the divide between the young and old. In ancient times the old we’re valued as teachers and mentors. They had the knowledge and experience that the younger population didn’t. But as the number of older persons increased, they were perceived as burdens to their families and to society in general. We now live in a modern…show more content…
Along with how the elderly are impacted by how they are viewed and treated, the elderly most often internalize they’re feelings from this discrimination which in turn affects their ability and willingness to communicate with younger people. The so called “generation gap” has been around for probably as long as man but the term was first coined in the 1960s by what we now call the baby boomers. Some experts now are saying that the differences are deeper and more complex making it harder for people of various ages to communicate. According to David Stillman, co-author of “When Generations Collide,” for the first time in history we have four distinct generations on the job. They are Traditionalists (1922-1943), Baby Boomers (1943-1960), Generation Xers (1960-1980) and Millennials (1980-2002). And they all speak a different language. Traditionalists place a high premium on formality and the top-down chain of command. They are more likely to write a memo and be offended by a direct, immediate approach to communication. Respect is very important. Baby boomers work to live and are generally willing to sacrifice for success. They prefer a personable style of communication that builds rapport. Generation X tends to be skeptical and prefer a balance between work and life. When asked to do something they want to know why. They value
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