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Age discrimination is the most common form of discrimination in the UK. Much of the inequality, prejudice and discrimination experienced by older people stems from pervasive negative stereotypes and attitudes held about ageing.
Our view of older age is one characterised by an emphasis on biological decline and economic burden whilst the real economic contribution offered by older people, for instance in employment, volunteering, free child care and other forms of care, is rarely acknowledged. Age-related discrimination in areas such as financial services, employment and health and social care can only be fully removed if we challenge the various attitudinal, institutional and environmental barriers facing older people within society.
We need to achieve a cultural shift in the way policies and services are developed if we are to meet the needs of an ageing population and ensure that people are not met with isolation and inequality in later life.
Equalities and Human Rights Commission
Scottish Human Rights Commission
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