By Mary Shkoury, Prevention Consultant, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario
Description Ageism, like racism or sexism, is a form of prejudice that discriminates against people based on age, describing them as ‘old or young’. As we age, we may notice people treating us differently, unfairly or not respecting our rights in society. This can negatively affect the lives of people, whether in public, the workplace or at home. Ageism can come in the form of language used, stereotypes, discrimination abuse and hate. By talking about it, raising awareness of ageism and taking appropriate action, we can begin to change society’s negative attitudes toward aging.