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Posted: Wednesday, Mar 13th, 2013

Why we should care about ageism toward elders

Ageism toward older adults does not get much attention. We may see the signs yet not have it register as a form of discrimination. How many times have you had the experience of being irritated by a driver going the speed limit or just below the speed limit? You pass them at the first opportunity, glance to the side and see an older driver. You think older adults donít drive well.

Or another example: you are in a hurry to pick up a few items in the grocery store, but you find yourself caught behind an older person going into the store, walking slower than you would, using a cart to support himself. You walk quickly past at the first opportunity and maybe you think to yourself that you are glad that you are not old.

For the complete article see the 03-13-2013 issue.

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