Ageism A GUARANTEED FUTURE FOR ALL

"Senectus morbidus est" - seneca

Roman philosopher Seneca in the 1st Century A.D. said, Old Age is a Disease.

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Everyone may become a target of ageism if they live long enough... - palmore

Ageism is a prejudice or discrimination against or in favor of an age group.

Aging in Society

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Traditional and Agrarian Societies vs. Modernized and Industrial Societies

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History of Ageism, U.S.

According to Todd Nelson's, Ageism: Prejudice against our feared future self, there were two dynamic factors that caused the onset of ageism. Those were the invention of the printing press and the industrial revolution.

The most prevalent 'ism'

Ageism is by far the most widely abused and 'accepted' prejudice. It is also the hardest to reform.

Prejudice associated with ageism is defined in three forms: Gerontophobia, Gerontophilia, Gerontocracy

Take the bitter with the sweet - muddy waters

Positive and Negative Manifestations of Ageism

Ageism may be both negative [against the elders] or positive [for the aged]. Ageism invokes both prejudices and discrimination. Prejudice is categorized as beliefs and attitudes. Discrimination is categorized as actions.

Four types of ageism: negative prejudice, negative discrimination, positive prejudice, positive discrimination.

Forms of positive discrimination occur through common vehicles within society: Economic, Political, Housing, Healthcare, Family.

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Forms of negative prejudice and discrimination also occur within these formats, often with judgements about ability.

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Ms. Dubrow asks, “When, if at all, is it acceptable to be influenced by the perception that younger applicants are likely to use their training for more years or simply stay in the job longer?” The answer, of course, is “never.” - alterman, NYTimes OpEd

Ageism in the Workplace

One significant realm where ageism is preventable, yet highly prevalent, is the workplace. Inherently dominated by technology and youthful start-ups, the segmented workforce population in the U.S. is prone to rampant ageism.

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DALE KLEBER, WENT TO LAW SCHOOL AND WORKED HIS WAY UP TO GENERAL COUNSEL OF A MAJOR CORPORATION. KLEBER STUMBLED UPON A ROADBLOCK WHEN HE RETIRED BUT ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HE AND HIS WIFE DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH SAVED FOR RETIREMENT. HE STARTED LOOKING FOR WORK AGAIN. REPEATEDLY PASSED OVER FOR JOBS WHICH HE WAS QUALIFIED, KLEBER FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION. - THE WASHINGTON POST

By the Numbers

Labor force participation is projected to fall for people under age 55 and rise for older age groups

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Ageism Typologies

Lars Tornstam dissects four typologies of attitudes in his study of aging. Tornstam classified respondents into 4 categories based on attitudinal constellations.

Type 1 - Consistently negative, Type 4 - Consistently positive, and hybrid polarity of both Type 2 and Type 3

Palmore's Ageism Study

Transformative Existence

We need to fight the segregation that keeps us out of sight and makes us the "other". - alice fisher, NYTimes OpEd

Men aware of their activity and the world in which they are situated, acting in function of the objectives which the propose, having the seat of their decisions located in themselves and their relations with the world and with others, infusing the world with their creative presence by means of the transformation they effect upon it, they not only live but exist; and their existence is historical. - Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Freire's Theoretical Framework

* Praxis * Generative Themes * Easter Experiences *Dialogue * Conscientization * Codification * Banking Concept of Knowledge *

Aging Gracefully

Translation...aging healthfully. Persons born within the years of the baby boom era are now middle-aged and older adults. This population is expected to live and work longer than their predecessors. As baby boomers continue to advance into later life, there are expected increases in morbidity, disability, and dependency, as well as more demands on the health care services. (Meisner).

Twenty-five years of gerontological research has generated a growing knowledge base about the characteristics of the older population and the challenges facing older adults, their families, and society as a whole. - M. Ory

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