Active prejudice towards elders Prejudice against the aged Denial of rights to elderly Age discrimination before the law Prejudicial treatment of older people
The systematic oppression of older people by younger ones. People of advancing age are silenced by retirement and the cult of youth, and isolated from contact with other age groups. The result is a peculiarly suicidal vision of life as a journey to nowhere. Health, welfare and social programmes for the aged have to deal with this pervasive attitude not only among younger people, but often as strongly among the elderly themselves.
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