The Harmful Effects of Ageism

The Harmful Effects of Ageism | Listen To America

The video “The Harmful Effects of Ageism” aligns with US2 core principle number three: We must intentionally include so as not to unintentionally exclude. This powerful seven-minute video helps to illustrate how ageism can have negative impacts on the physical and mental health of older adults. Ageism is discrimination or stereotyping based on a person’s age, and it is often directed towards older adults. The video presents research that shows that ageism can lead to a decrease in overall health, including increased stress, decreased cognitive function, and higher rates of chronic diseases such as heart disease and depression. Additionally, ageism can lead to social isolation and loneliness, which can have further negative effects on health. The video argues that ageism is a societal problem and that it is important to challenge and combat ageist attitudes and beliefs. This can include advocating for policies that promote age diversity and inclusion and encouraging intergenerational interactions. Finally, the video provides tips for individuals to combat ageism in their own lives, such as challenging ageist stereotypes, seeking out intergenerational relationships, and recognizing the diversity and value of individuals of all ages.

Journal Prompts

  • One of the harmful effects of aging that was discussed in the first video is “a sense of competition among younger employees (and prospects) and older employees”. What might be something that you foresee as a shift that is needed within your organization that will move beyond a focus on a youth-oriented culture to one that values and respects the contributions of older adults? What are some examples of positive aging movements or initiatives that you can think of that will make a difference within your organization? How will that help to reverse the negative narrative about aging?
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