"Ageism refers to the stereotypes (how we think), prejudice (how we feel) and discrimination (how we act) towards others or oneself based on age."
"Ageism affects everyone. Children as young as 4 years old become aware of their culture’s age stereotypes. From that age onwards they internalize and use these stereotypes to guide their feelings and behavior towards people of different ages. They also draw on culture’s age stereotypes to perceive and understand themselves, which can result in self-directed ageism at any age. Ageism intersects and exacerbates other forms of disadvantage including those related to sex, race and disability."
Source: World Health Organization
Additional resources on the topic of ageism:
Podcast: Aging as a Constant: Ashton Applewhite and a Powerful Manifesto Against Ageism
Confront Ageism - Or the Rest Is Noise. International Day of Older Persons
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