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), old as - by definition - cognitive and physical debilitated which tends to be perceived as precursory of death. How we talk about people reflects how we treat them.
Stereotypes like the ones above are the background of what is called “ageism”.
If is one of the today’s most challenging global trends, we - in our daily life and inner circles - simply avoid looking at it and treating it as its human, societal and economic outcomes. It looks like a silly way to build our one future, isn’t it?
In the article “Age-stereotype paradox: an opportunity for social changes” Becca Levy identifies 4 age stereotype paradox domains: Health, Inter-generation Contact, Legislation, Social Climate. Old is a category against which is necessary to conduct “battles” (battles against wrinkles etc.), old as drainers of scarce resources (The silver tsunami invades the health of nations, We're not ready for the 'silver tsunami' of older adults living with cancer in America ), old as conspirers to maintain the status-quo (Brexit is a “conspiracy perpetrated by the old on the young”), old people as (hospital's) bed-blockers, older workers as less productive and less comfortable with technology, old age as mindless: you are not able to learn any anything after 30 (guess at 70!
Older people are likely to be seen as a burden and a drain on resources, rather than a resource in themselves.
Their only contribution, it seems, is to make worse the “dependency ratio,” a term that enshrines dubious assumptions about who will be financially dependent on whom.
Ageism can be seen as a systematic stereotyping of and discrimination against people because they are old, just as racism and sexism accomplish this with skin color and gender . "Over 1000 studies in the past ten years have shown that if you’re human, you have a bias.
It impacts almost every variation of human identity: race, gender, sexual orientation, body size, religion, accent, height, hand dominance, etc".
The graph above shows the birth of the word "ageism" as coined by Butler in 1969.Aging bias is cross-race, cross-gender, cross-national, and - given the global demographic growth - it is going to affect more and more people.On top of this, it is one of the most accepted and hard to detect.Also, definitions like "anti-aging" or words like "geezers" with a pejorative sense are a product of the culture of the last 30 years.Curiously in the 18th century ''gaffer'' was a term of respect for old people, most likely derived from ''Godfather," by the beginning of the 19th century is has become a derisive word.