Traditionally, older people who no longer work are considered burdens on society, requiring food and care without contributing financially to their own upkeep. We need to stop this ageism behavior, especially because it is something we will all face. Seniors can play a vital role and should be watched after and cared for. Often, they contribute as caregivers for grandchildren with working parents, sometimes they provide wisdom that a long life has provided them. It’s time to live cooperatively without the prejudice.
- Ageism is unfortunately common in our time. Public perception of the ageing is often negative, seeing them as drains on resources and burdensome.
- Public perception of ageing is far from the reality. Younger people increasingly find themselves unemployed and less satisfied than older people who are working later in life and report being happier.
- Ultimately, gearing society towards appreciating multi-generational interdependence and ensuring that the elderly live meaningful lives benefits everyone, not just our ageing population.
“How to enable the growing numbers of old people to live comfortable, meaningful lives is a fundamental issue of equality, with benefits for all”