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WHAT IS AGEISM?

 

One of the worst types of stereotyping and discrimination is called Ageism. Ageism is a sort of discrimination that results when a people deny the rights of others belonging to a certain age limit. This is something that is not given ample amount of attention and not considered to be at times discrimination at all due to its subtle nature but is discrimination nonetheless that people often disregard or fail to even point out. As we talk now, there are several places on the planet, including the United States, where this discrimination is still prevalent, though the United States is one of the most broad-minded and educated countries in the world. People belonging to ages that exceed 50 are often discriminated of their rights and the sad part of it all is that people even do not know that they are committing ageism, which is a serious kind of discrimination. Robert Neil Butler, M.D. in 1968 first used the term ageism. Butler considered ageism as a discriminatory factor against older people that at times also bordered on racism and sexism. Butler further elaborated ageism as an amalgamation of three elements that were in connection to each other. One of these elements was represented by bias towards seniors and the process of ageing. This attitude was further enabled by policies and institutional practices that resulted in stereotyping the older people.

 

One of the most common types of ageism that is still prevalent in Europe and the United States of America is related to one’s job. People are often discriminated based on their ages while others are at times in particular people involving old age are denied different promotions even though they deserve it just on the basis of their age and the fear that they might not live long. The company might be left with a replacement crisis hence junior and less experienced and at times less qualified individuals are promoted in their position, which is a clear case of ageism and just goes to show that this act is still prevalent around the world. Things like these are effectively damaging for the morale of people who are already over 50 and indeed might deteriorate their mental health. Ageism is something that should be fought and indeed everyone should be treated equally regardless of his or her age. To fight ageism, please do not hesitate and contact ILC and together we will fight this menace out of our world and ensure a non-discriminatory environment for all.