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Is there ageism in America?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Within the American culture, when one discusses biases, the discussion usually circulates around discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. Rarely does one include the biases against older age. Does it really exist and yet is ignored, thus lending age-bias some credibility? I pose that yes indeed – ageism does exist and is somewhat ignored or accepted in the American culture. In fact, Ted Nelson from California State University states:“Ageism remains one of the most institutionalized forms of prejudice today.”  ...Read the rest...


America is getting grey

Thursday, October 05, 2017

It is old news that the fastest growing segment in American society today is the older adult. In 2014, only 15% of the population was 65 or older, but it is anticipated that this number will increase until 24% of the total population will be 65 or older by the year 2024 (agingstats.gov). In terms of individuals rather than percentages, this represents a 100% increase within ten years. Wow!  These escalating numbers are indicative of how those in the senior living industry might prepare for larger numbers of seniors, but they should also prepare for a different type of older adult as well. RD’s October blogs will explore the differences and trends in this upcoming group of seniors as well as delve into the need to eliminate ageism in America because one out of every four individuals will be 65 or older within the next decade. ...Read the rest...


 

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