Take a stand against ageism

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THE In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Per­sons is an op­por­tu­nity to high­light the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions that older peo­ple make to so­ci­ety and raise aware­ness of the is­sues and chal­lenges of age­ing in to­day’s world.

The theme for 2016, Take a Stand Against Ageism, chal­lenges ev­ery­one to con­sider ageism – the neg­a­tive at­ti­tudes and dis­crim­i­na­tion based on age - and the detri­men­tal im­pact it has on older peo­ple.

The World Health As­sem­bly res­o­lu­tion re­lated to the WHO Global Strat­egy and Ac­tion Plan on Age­ing and Health, adopted in May 2016, calls on the di­rec­tor-gen­eral to de­velop, in coop- er­a­tion with other part­ners, a global cam­paign to com­bat ageism and achieve the ul­ti­mate goal of en­hanc­ing the day-to-day ex­pe­ri­ence of older peo­ple and to op­ti­mize pol­icy re­sponses.

Ageism is stereo­typ­ing and dis­crim­i­na­tion on the ba­sis of a per­son’s age.

Ageism is wide­spread and an in­sid­i­ous prac­tice which has harm­ful ef­fects on the health of older adults.

This year, we chal­lenge ev­ery­one to iden­tify and ques­tion these in­ter­nal­ized ageist at­ti­tudes, and to un­der­stand the se­ri­ous im­pact that these at­ti­tudes have.

Kate Holt / HelpAge In­ter­na­tional



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