Ageism. What does it do to us?

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The effects of ageism on ourselves and our society are significant and wide-reaching.

Ageism affects us in the following ways:

Impacts on our physical and mental health, and life expectancy

Ageism leads to worse outcomes in a number of mental health conditions, including depression, and a number of physical health conditions, including shorter life expectancy.

Affects the quality and accessibility of services we need

Ageism adversely affected whether or not older patients receive medical treatment and, if they receive the treatment, the duration, frequency, and appropriateness of the treatment.

Affects how much we participate in society and how welcome we feel

Socially ingrained ageism can become self-fulfilling by promoting in older people stereotypes of social isolation, physical and cognitive decline, lack of physical activity and economic burden.

Affects levels of poverty and our rights at work

Large numbers of people over the age of 50 feel they are discriminated against, on the basis of age, in recruitment and selection for jobs and promotions. Ageist attitudes have a real economic effect on lives.

Older people are more likely to experience hate crime, institutional and domestic abuse.

Abuse, violence and neglect: because of ageism, older people are victims of specific forms of harm. It also makes access to protection and justice more difficult for older persons.

Creates division between the generations

A lack of contact, knowledge, empathy and understanding between younger and older people makes our communities worse for everyone.

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