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Ageism is growing in our society. Not only is it becoming more apparent within interactions, but it is also gaining more traction in the news and in conversations. With more knowledge being built up about ageism, and the situations it can appear in, society is becoming more aware of when it is happening, and perusing more ways to make it stop.
The conversation about ageism is transforming. It’s no longer a singular one, instead it has become something that is more community-based. Those experiencing ageism no longer feel siloed, and suffering alone. Instead, they now realize that there is a community to lean on, and that those in the community have also experienced ageism, or know someone who has been stereotyped based on age.
Ageism has become an epidemic that is experienced around the world. Age-based stereotypes can appear in person-to-person conversations, in the press, in the media, in the healthcare system, in marketing, and more. It is not stuck in one area, it is global.
As a society we are trained from youth to accept age stereotyping, and often-times to participate in it. It takes massive knowledge-sharing and openness to learn how to avoid ageism in our lives, and how to avoid stereotyping others based on age throughout our societal interactions.
Ageism knowledge can spread. By taking a stand in ageist situations, we can each educate others about ageism and it’s effects on the mental health and wellbeing of others. Those impacted by our knowledge can bring that knowledge to even more people. Together we can spread awareness and change.
It can be challenging to take on a global issue that impacts all generations, however it also makes the task one that can be taken on by more hard-working and passionate advocates. People around the world can work together to fight for a change, they can partner to end ageism.