Age is one of the first things we notice about other people. Ageism arises when age is used to categorise and divide people by attributes that cause harm, disadvantage or injustice, and undermine intergenerational solidarity.

Ageism takes different forms across the life course. For example, an adolescent may be ridiculed for starting a political movement, or both older and younger people may be denied employment because of their age.

Ageism undermines our health and well-being and is a major obstacle to effective policies and action on Healthy Ageing, as recognised by the Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Ageing and Health, and through the Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030).

Aware of this, we launched -together with Atendo and the University of Vigo– the first Chair on Ageism in Europe. A space from which to raise awareness among the general population against this type of discrimination.

We are very happy to see that this issue is getting more and more attention from the media. Together we will make ageism disappear.

We would like to thank La Voz de Galicia for their collaboration. You can read the full article here.

 

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