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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

ANOTHER "ISM"

from the Gerontologist

You’ve heard of racism. How about ageism? The ‘ism” is similar, but in this case a widespread form of prejudice directed at older people. Some examples of ageism are unfair treatment of the old and beliefs or stereotypes about old people and even negative views of themselves. Ageism adversely affects the health of older people because it can create emotional and physical stress. The Yale University public health researchers calculated ageism was responsible for seventeen million cases of the most expensive health conditions in one year at an estimated cost to society of sixty-three billion dollars. Led by professor Becca Levy, this study sheds light on one of least visible prejudices by looking at its consequences. The study appears in the Gerontologist.

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