By Minor Agustin Herrera - Student of General Studies
Ageism is the prejudice and discrimination against people on basis of their age, that affects young and old people. Just as racism and sexism, ageism is based on stereotypes invented by a society that tries to separate everything in categories. Ageism is everywhere and the worst part is that there are only smalls groups of good citizens that know about it and do something to counter it. It can be reverted, just as we are doing with homophobia and sexism.
Can we imagine someone threating us like we are not enough to do a task just because we are not capable of achieve it because of our age? Well, that happens, in fact the American Psychological Association suggests that “Ageism is a serious issue that should be treated the same as sex, race, and disability-based discrimination.” (APA, 2019).
We need to combat ageism, and according to the American Psychological Association, “raising public awareness about the issues ageism creates can help. As the population of older adults continues to increase, finding ways to minimize ageism will become increasingly important.” (APA, 2019.)
In fact, a high amount of Japanese elders provoke a crime in that way they can go to jail, that’s their way of fight loneliness and hunger. “Ultimately the relationship among people has changed. People have become more isolated. They don’t find a place to be in this society. They cannot put up with their loneliness” (Yamada, 2019).
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American Psychological Association. (2019). How does ageism impact more than just older adults? https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-ageism-2794817
Yamada, K. (2019). Why some Japanese pensioners want to go to jail. https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-47033704