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Ageism

Ageism refers to the stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination directed towards others or oneself based on age. Ageism affects people of all ages.

Ageism arises when age is used to categorize and divide people in ways that lead to harm, disadvantage and injustice and erode solidarity across generations. Ageism takes on different forms across the life course.

Ageism can change how we view ourselves, can pit one generation against another, can devalue or limit our ability to benefit from what younger and older populations can contribute and can reduce opportunities for health, longevity and well-being while also having far-reaching economic consequences.

Global report on ageism. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2021.

UCOA Policy Position

UCOA’s vision is to eliminate ageism through community education and awareness, by exposing ageist terms and attitudes, supporting intergenerational interactions, and partnering with media organizations to stop perpetuating older adult stereotypes found in the film and advertisement industries.

Resources

 

Research and Education

World Health Organization (WHO) Ageism is a Global Challenge: UN

https://www.who.int/news/item/18-03-2021-ageism-is-a-global-challenge-un

World Health Organization (WHO) Global Report on Ageism https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240016866

AARP 4 Things Millennials Need to Know About Age Discrimination

https://www.aarp.org/work/working-at-50-plus/info-2021/millennials-age-discrimination.html

Georgetown University- Georgetown Journal of Foreign Affairs

The Ageism of the Pandemic

https://gjia.georgetown.edu/2021/07/12/the-ageism-of-the-pandemic/

Brookings Institute - Strengthen age discrimination protections to help confront the challenge of population aging.

https://www.brookings.edu/research/strengthen-age-discrimination-protections-to-help-confront-the-challenge-of-population-aging/

 

Public Policy

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Last Updated: 11/2/21