Reality is that we are all ageing from the day we are born. Yet ageism, unlike other “isms” like racism or sexism, is the last socially tolerable form of discrimination.
Ageism happens when people are defined, not by their personality, individuality or beliefs, but by their age. Ageism occurs across all generations when age stereotypes are formed. However, ageism is of particular concern for older adults who are often typecast as incompetent, incapable or a burden to society and end up marginalized as a result.