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What is Ageism?

According to the World Health Organization, "Ageism refers to the stereotypes (how we think), prejudice (how we feel) and discrimination (how we act) towards others or oneself based on age."

Ageism can affect anyone of any age and of any background. It can impact them in many ways including in healthcare, work, and educational settings. There are different types of ageism:

  • Institutional ageism: occurs when an institution perpetuates ageism through its actions and policies,
  • Interpersonal ageism: occurs in social interactions,
  • Internalized ageism: when a person internalizes ageist beliefs and applies them to themselves.

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