Consequences of Ageism


  • worse health (speeding up mental and physical decline)
  • worse quality of life and lower life expectancy.
  • Depression


  • social isolation and loneliness.
  • Lack of inclusion in decision-making
  • Low self-esteem.


  • Increased risk of poverty and financial insecurity.
  • Lack of access to certain advantages and services, such as insurance, mortgage loans and others, because of their age.


  • It restricts older people’s ability to express their sexuality
  • Prejudice, as society still treats the topic as a taboo subject.

We are all likely to witness or even be guilty of ageism at some point in our life. Many times we may not be aware because of it because of the culture or because it may seem unintentional.


  1. The belief that somebody is not able to combat new challenges due to their age
  2. The use of disparaging terms when talking about older people
  3. Treating somebody as sick or less independent by definition due to their age.

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