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Aging Challenges: Agism -- Research Starters Sociology

By: McMahon, Maureen;

2009 / EBSCO

Description

Ageism is a form of discrimination that can, eventually, affect anyone. It is estimated that by the year 2025, one in five Americans will be 65 years old or older (Butler, 2007, p. 4). As a result, an older workforce, older care givers, older medical patients, and older community members will be commonplace, and an increase in ageism may occur. Different forms of ageism are discussed here with examples provided for each. In addition, various anti-ageist legislations are also discussed, and research is provided to suggest ways to combat ageism. Discrimination directed toward the aging population is one that everyone can - and possibly will - experience.