Age Discrimination is stereotyping and prejudice based solely on one’s age rather than considering a person’s skills, qualifications or ability. Age Discrimination against older adults is rampant in the United States. Stereotypes and prejudices based solely on age leads to unfair treatments and negative attitudes in the workplace, in healthcare, and in social interactions. In the workplace, older adults may experience difficulty in being hired, promoted or forced into early retirement. This could result in financial insecurity, limited access to benefits and reduced opportunities for career advancement. Age discrimination can also impact older adults’ access to healthcare services.They may face biases such as assumptions that the health problems are solely related to age rather than receiving, comprehensive evaluation and treatment.
In their daily interaction with others, older adults often feel excluded or undervalued, leading to decreased participation in social activities and community engagement. This isolation can negatively impact mental health, leading to feelings of loneliness, their sense of well being, depression and early death.
There is much evidence that people are more condescending and have less patience when interacting with older adults. People spend less time when communicating with older adults. They take a more authoritarian position and they provide less information. We do not want to deal with people who are obviously old. In most instances we are not aware of it, but we do communicate differently with older adults.
It’s important to address and combat age discrimination, to create an inclusive society that values and respects people of all ages, allowing older adults to lead fulfilling lives, and contribute to their communities.