Ageism is a form of discrimination, prejudice, or stereotyping against people based on their age. We may not know it but ageism is already a widespread practice that produces a harmful effect on older adult’s health and way of thinking.
The stigma of ageing is everywhere. It has somewhat become “normally accepted” socially. However, this type of attitude that leads to the defamation of elders produces a negative impact on their well-being and mental health.
The Harmful Impact of Ageism on Seniors
Ageism can be present in each passing remarks delivered towards our elders. In addition to that, ignoring them, patronizing them, treating them with less respect or dignity, and even denying them employment, passing them for promotion or any desired position can cause tremendous harm to our seniors.
According to researches and studies, the effect of ageism among elders increases their risk and exposure to depression and other mental illnesses. This stigma of aging causes a decline in their confidence which if not resolved could lead to serious medical conditions.
Fortunately, our society is now slowly beginning to understand its effect and recognize its impact on seniors. However, successfully confronting ageism and the stigma of ageing requires a lot of education and systematic undertaking for the people in our society as a whole.
Battling ageism requires a revamp in the education system to include the topic in schools, workplaces, and other institutions of learning. But the first viable step to take to eliminate this stigma can be done by discussing this issue among our family members to find ways to eliminate or minimize its negative effect.