Ageism

Ageism:  That Other Insidious "ism"

When did we start accepting that getting older means we're less attractive, less interesting. . . less. . . less. . . less . . .?

 

Ageism is defined as a systematic stereotyping of and discrimination against people  because they are old.  And while many "isms" have rightly been called out, ageism continues to be a widely prevalent, generally accepted discrimination that has real consequenses for our health and longevity.  

 

Research shows that healthy aging is greatly affected by attitudes toward aging.  In fact, studies show that those with negative perceptions about aging have a decreased life expectancy of 7 1/2 years!  WIHA Executive Director Betsy Abramson makes a great case for changing attitudes about aging. Read more about it here.

 

Ageism: Its Effect on Older Adults' Health and What We Can All Do About It (2018)
If you're interested in using this PowerPoint presentation - or portions of it - for discussions on ageism in your community, contact Betsy Abramson.

 

Ageism is Everywhere - And It's Bad for Everyone's Health (3/2015) 
Hand-out from American Society on Aging presentation with key points and bibliography. 

 

Ageism Resources (2018)

 

Ageism Bibliography (2018)

 

Retiree Rebels Podcast -
Ageism & Beliefs (2018)

 

Ask Me About 7.5 Button & Card

As unveiled at the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit, WIHA created buttons and cards outlining the benefits of a positive attitude toward aging. 

Ask Me About 7.5 Card
Download and print the card (PDF file)- back-to-back -- and cut to create a hand-out next time you reference the statistic. Encourage people to ask their friends to "ask about 7.5."