Age and Discrimination

Ageism can be very subtle but is common throughout society; it can affect wellbeing, damage confidence and create exclusion. Individuals can be subject to assumptions and different treatment based on their age or perceived age, no matter how old or young they are.

Older people in particular, are subject to stigma, prejudice and social isolation. Older people are often also the poorest in society, and some are vulnerable to abuse. 

Children and young people can also be discriminated against and are viewed with suspicion by society. Their lack of power means that their views are often ignored and they are also vulnerable to abuse.

Discrimination arises either because difference is ignored and therefore people’s needs are not met or difference is recognised but forms the basis of unfavourable treatment or stereotyping.

Age equality means that age should not be used to define or presume anything about the role, value or potential of an individual.

What is Age Discrimination? - a short film by the Equality & Human Rights Commission.

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