Overcoming Ageism: Detrimental To Older Adults

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Ageism Age 1 Term Final Ageism: Detrimental to Older Adults As society has aged and experienced life from evolution to war and technology, young minds have not significantly changed their perceptions of the older adult. We have formed stereotypes that have become the bedrock for the way we think in regards to aging. Older adults have been taken for granted and discriminatory practices against these adults have been made evident with older men and women in the professional and public segment of life. However, some older adults immigrate to this country and live off of the taxpayer’s money: shouldn’t these older adults have to take mandatory education? This paper will explore why is it is so hard to overcome ageism and why it is so important for older adults to keep education as an ongoing tool to defeat discrimination. In this explanation it will include the definition of ageism, consequences, addressing and changing attitudes of ageism, and educational programs that are easily accessible to older adults throughout life. Ageism is formed by young people and…show more content…
The media is most likely the number one source people spread and adopt these negative stereotypes of older people. There are limited time slots older adults receive in the media and the air time they do get is about Alzheimer’s diseases or skin care, etc. Personally, this forms negative views of aging—it scares me. How come the media does not involve elderly people in commercials such as computers or swimsuits? I can only imagine what older people think when all they see on TV is half naked women in their 20’s on almost every channel. The media should have special programs, advertising education for the elderly: what older adults can achieve after retirement. This can be very inspiring to some

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