ageism

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Ageism
Kristen Dorman
Ageism is the discrimination against an individual or group due to age. While ageism is a real problem, many people tend to ignore it because it is so often practiced, people don’t even realize it is happening. The forms of ageism range from the very obvious to the more discrete, almost unrecognizable discrimination. While ageism is evident in all age groups, it tends to be more dominant among the elderly and teenagers or young adults.
When most people envision an elderly person, their minds go to the iconic little old lady or man. They automatically think about them having psychological ailments such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. With this assumption comes many unfair prejudices in the work place or other
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The level of precautions used when driving is based on an individual’s skills and mind set, not on their age. However, car insurance companies do not view it this way. They assume that due to their age, young drivers will not pay attentions to what they are doing and are more likely to get distracted by friends, music, or cell phones than their older counterparts would be.
A large complaint with young individuals is the legal drinking age. Many of them feel that the age should be dropped down to 18 years old. The argument behind this is if they are old enough and mature enough at this age to go die for their country in the military, they should be old enough to make the decision by themselves whether or not to drink. The other side of this argument is that the brain is not fully developed at this age in responsible decision making. When given this argument, a lot of the adolescence go back to the argument that if they can vote for the leaders of their country, they should be able to drink. In a survey conducted at NC State University, the largest complaint about being looked down upon with their age was the legal drinking age.
In conclusion, ageism in today’s times is a real form of discrimination and needs to be fixed. An individual’s skills and capabilities should be based on a personal level, not their age. The elderly and the young need just as much job opportunities as the middle-aged individuals living in the

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