Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Successful Aging: If we have ageism laws, what’s the problem? - LA DAILY NEWS

by Helen Dennis 
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Last week we discussed G.C.’s somewhat ageist experience with a cardiac technician (and by ageist, we are referring to age discrimination). This week I’d like to explore that topic a little further.

Ageism — prejudice against older people — is the last remaining socially acceptable “ism” in our society. While racism, sexism and homophobia still exist, ageism seems a bit different for one reason: It’s considered a social norm. It is acceptable when an older consumer is ignored at a department store counter or is invisible in a group meeting with his or her physician.