No matter what their age or culture, everyone wants to be treated equally and fairly. Ageism refers to discrimination that is based on an individual’s age. Older adults often face harsh treatment, abuse and harassment due to their age (Segal, et al. 2013, 2013). Media portrayals of older people on television are a way to promote ageism. Ageism is manifested in many different ways. One way it can be displayed is being treated like a child, teased or ignored by relatives, healthcare professionals or the public. Over 70% of Americans over 65 claim to have experienced age-based discrimination. Hooyman and colleagues (2015). They may be ignored or even referred to in casual conversation.
The elderly are less self-confident and self-respectful as they learn from society that ageism is a form of socialism. It is a sin to ignore someone, which can lead to despair and a loss of acceptance. Because they are constantly reminded of their past mistakes, ageism can also increase the sensitivity of older people to stress and heart disease. The aging process can cause older people to feel lonely and isolated from family and other members of society (Hooyman, et al. (2015)). The elderly are often left to their own devices when society neglects them or denies them. Individuals feel isolated and marginalized as a result. Many people feel that their older relatives are not as important and valued in today’s society. Their importance is diminished in healthcare and economics, leading to disengagement and increased physical degeneration. Access to quality health care is also severely restricted by ageism (Hooyman, et al. (2015)). Ageism can lead to professional mistreatment of older people and failure to give them proper treatment. This could jeopardize their well-being and health.