The negative impact of ageism
Every one of us at every age is entitled to be treated fairly and enjoy the same opportunities. This does not diminish with age. But discrimination based on age is present everywhere. It can distort our attitudes to older people and contribute to an environment where:
Elder abuse goes unnoticed
Action to prevent elder abuse isn’t taken
Older people don’t feel like they can speak up
Older people are prevented or limited from contributing or participating as full citizens
It’s important to know that the rights of older people are protected by law and enshrined in principles established by the United Nations’ Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Their Principles for Older Persons state that every older person has the right to:
In Australia we aspire to a society that:
Respects and values older people
Appreciates the contribution that older people make to their communities
Affirms the dignity and worth of every person
Take the Am I Ageist? Quiz
Ask yourself, "Am I Ageist"?
...are you sure?
Ageism against older people is stereotyping, discrimination and mistreatment based solely on a person's age. It is very common in Australia and, without realising it, most of us are at least a little bit ageist at least some of the time. Go to Quiz