Sadly, ageism seems to be intensifying…
Now, according to the NPAS, older people are stereotyped as being either “sick, disabled, non-contributors to society” or as “healthy, financially secure, and taking advantage of State benefits that they can afford to pay for themselves”.
The term “intergenerational conflict” has become part of public discourse, implying that older and younger people are in conflict about how income is distributed in society.
via Second Opinion: Ageism develops a nasty twist – Family News & Advice | Parenting, Marriage & Kids | The Irish Tim – Tue, Aug 13, 2013.
Ageism can work in both directions…
“We found young people actually felt they were discriminated against their age more than older people,” Fitzgerald told CNBC Tuesday.
(Read more: Children’s Life Chances in Poverty-Stricken Europe Decrease)
The data collected in 2008/09 shows that the proportion of people aged 70 and above who report experiencing age-based prejudice ranges from 15 percent in Sweden to 57 percent in the Czech Republic, while for people under 25 this figure ranges from 18 percent in Portugal to 77 percent in Finland.
via Generation gap: Ageism hurts Europe’s youth.
More on the pressing issue of ageism, the commoditization of life, and false depictions of aging:
The frustrating thing about these kinds of depictions of ageing is that they frame ageing as a choice—a choice we make when we don’t buy the right skin cream or drive the right car. This, in turn, transforms youth into an economic status symbol—a highly valuable and sought-after community, even in markets that are traditionally geared towards older people. This is inevitable, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It becomes a bad thing when people operate off of the assumption that those who don’t have access to this commodity (older people) are somehow less valuable than those who do (younger people).
via A Socioeconomic Critique of Ageing.
This is an important and well written article. We hear a great deal of noise about the aging population. We don’t need to worry about the aging population, we need to redefine aging itself…
Aging presents formidable challenges, but, as Dr. John Beard says, “we need to reinvent the way we think about ageing itself. We want to be stretching life in the middle, not just at the end. This means keeping people healthy for as long as possible, and giving them the opportunity to do the things they want and that society needs.” It is a call to action we need to hear around the world.
via John Feather, PhD: International Aging: It’s Not What You Think.
Wow – hard to believe ideas like these still persist…