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Transcript of Ageism Presentation
What is Ageism?
Prejudice or discrimination against a particular age-group and especially the elderly. A more commonly know situation is job opportunities; many companies are less likely to hire older workers because of the assumption that they are "slowing down" . Young adults are also discriminated against because of their "lack of experience" and naivety.
Effects of Ageism
Society may view an individual of 65 as "ready to be put out to pasture", while that same individual still views himself as an active, energetic and productive member of the community. This may cause frustration and depression.
When someone who is mentally capable is being treated as incompetent, that can cause the individual to begin to adjust their view to reflect what society expects them to be. This can lead to an amplified deterioration process.
Older people may have held negative stereotypes of the elderly when they were young, and if they continue to hold them as they age themselves, they may fall prey to self-stereotyping.
By: Julia, Juan,
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
protects people 40+
applies to all parts of the work environment including:
PREVENTION THROUGH LAWS
Hiring Younger Employees
Break the Silence
Talk to someone
Get in touch with an organization
Assisted Living Federation of America
Administration on Aging
Signs in the Workplace
Ageism can occur in the workplace, at medical facilities, and in day-to-day life. Knowing WHEN it's happening and WHAT to do is key in stopping Ageism
Signs for Abuse
Physical marks or injuries that can't be explained
Withdrawal or other emotional changes
Know that it is not your fault
Charge abusers criminally
Speak out about your experience in order to prevent other people from suffering
If you, or a loved one, suspects abuse, harassment, or ageist behavior call 800-677-1116 for help
Society's view on the elderly changes
"Old People" YouTube Search:
"Ageism Awareness" Search:
People in the workforce need to know their rights and the rights of others
Ageism in Daily Life
Ageism is hard to pick out in everyday life. It often happens when someone actually thinks they are being kind and is ingrained in our culture
“I’m so glad you’re still up and around!”
"You’re still so agile! How’s your health?”
“How are you doing, young lady?” (to an older woman)
“Oh, you’re so cute!”
age discrimination in the workplace
elderly bus monitor harassment
1/3 adults over age 65 report age discrimination
1 in 5 afraid of being viewed as a burden to friends/family
48% elderly feel their generation is ignored
83% feel they can make a huge difference in society
1 in 10 suffer from intense loneliness (lack of mobility, loss of friends, shunned from society)
workplace age discrimination starts as early as 40
the retirement age continues to increase (greater life expectancy)
intellectual competence doesn't decline (reduced capacties of the senses, but not actual intellect)
1 in 14 cases of elder abuse comes to attention of authorities
financial exploitation is self-reported more than physical or sexual abuse, or neglect
90% abusers are family members (children, spouses, partners)
nursing home residents w/ dementia/alzheimer'sexperience abuse at much higher rates
Ageism in Healthcare
Prejudices Against Older Adults
They are often perceived as incapable of thinking clearly, learning new things, contributing to the community, or holding responsible jobs. Because of their age, older adults might not be hired for new jobs or might be eased out of old ones: they might be shunned socially; and they might be edged out of their family
Reasons to Respect the Elderly
1) Knowledge Bank
2) Strong Morals
3) Experience and Guide to life
4)They show love and compassion
1) Cannot Drive
2) Older Adults are in poor health
3) Older adults needs some kind of aid to get around freely
What are your views on the prejudices that are made about the elderly?
older people with multiple chronic illnesses are commonly seen as second-rate patients
some are pushed into nursing homes before it is necessary
hospitals sometimes refuse to treat patients for certain illnesses like heart disease or perform certain procedures after a certain age
older patients who need special care are neglected
Ageism in the Workforce
older people are seen as "slowing down"
older people are more expensive to keep around because of their increased salary and benefits
the older you get, the more valuable experience and wisdom you bring to the job
research has found no correlation between age and job performance
How will YOU age?
Ageism Against Youth
"I was fired bc I wouldn't dye my hair"
Wisconsin case, $32,500 lawsuit
abuse in nursing homes
many do not take the opinions and views of the young because they think they do not have enough experience or knowledge to know
a lot of debate over youth's ability to make choices for themselves or whether they need to be protected from themselves and others
experiences and wisdom of some youth are discarded "you haven't even began your life", "Just wait until you are older, then you'll understand