Ageism is a prejudice in which people are categorized and judged solely on the basis of their chronological age. Our western culture has embedded to ageism into our lives, and we may not be able to identify, ageist behavior when it occurs. Older adults are frequently given negative labels such as: senile, sad, lonely, poor, sexless, ill dependent and disabled. It is inevitable that we will experience decline in physical and mental capacities. However the timing quality and degree of the ageing process are highly variable and very different for each individual. General assumptions and stereotypes about aging are harmful to individual senior adults and do not benefit society. Therefore, ageism is a very prevalent in our society.
Discrimination against the elderly is very prevalent in our health care and insurance systems. Today more often the ageism is broadly defined as any prejudice or discrimination against or in favor of an age group .It is manifested in many negative ageism’s: infirm, unprotected, senile, dirty, cranky, childish. Institutionally companies, health care system, and welfare funds only confirm to a larger extent how has the ageism entered in the modern society. Health care system is youth centered rather than adult centered choosing the acute care over chronic care. Welfare systems are nothing but children and adolescents focused excluding the services for older adults.
Discrimination against older people in the workplace is pervasive. It's usually subtle and more difficult to prove than other forms of discrimination. After all, most people think the normal process in the workplace is for younger people to replace older ones. Businesses are being even more radical in reinforcement of stereotype of choosing only young workers. Uselessness is concluded to be a characteristic given to the older adults who continue to work and to be presented as unproductive.
Furthermore for those that can not be so physically active due to their...