Are You Guilty of Ageism?

15 Aug

Ageism is the cause of age-based discrimination. It is probably the most tolerated form of social prejudice world wide and it exists in many forms.

I am willing to bet just about everyone has practiced ageism at some point in their lives whether they realize it or not.

Think about it:

  • Have you have ever made a joke about old people or laughed about how an older person was depicted on a television show or movie?
  • Have you ever assumed something about an individual solely because of their age?
  • Have you treated someone differently than you would others due to stereotypes about their age?
According to the Revera Report on Ageism, the three most common forms of age discrimination faced by Canadian seniors are:
  1. being ignored or treated as though they are invisible (41 per cent);
  2. being treated like they have nothing to contribute (38 per cent);
  3. and the assumption seniors are incompetent (27 per cent).

Let’s face it. We’ve all been guilty of ageism at one point or another in our lives. But just because it’s so prevalent doesn’t make it right.  You probably experienced ageism when you were a teenager. If  we  live long enough to see our senior years, we’re likely to experience it again. Are you willing to stem the tide of ageism? If so, how?

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