Ageism refers to negative attitudes and stereotypes of people who are older, and discrimination against people because of their age.

For example, it’s ageism if:

  • an employer does not hire someone because the person is older and the employer thinks the person has less value than a younger worker
  • a health-care practitioner talks to an older adult’s family member or caregiver when the person is mentally capable of deciding about their own treatment
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