Source: The Gerontological Society Of America

Even though people 65 and older are at greater risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, people of all ages are profoundly affected by the pandemic, whether through infection itself, economic impact, or social distancing measures—especially those that are responsible for physical distancing of family and friends for the safety of all. Addressing ageism is an additional layer of concern during the pandemic. Ageism can lead to undervaluing the lives of older people and neglecting the range of long-term services and supports that shape their lives. Ageism can also mean propagating myths about older people that don’t hold up to facts. To help challenge ageism, we’re presenting the facts.

Acting together to prevent further spread of the virus will help support people of all ages, including the lives of older people who are particularly at risk.

Ageism is discrimination based on negative assumptions about age. Ageism can have a big impact on older people’s lives. It begins with biases that are implicit and unseen, resulting in a tendency to regard older people as debilitated, unworthy of attention and resources, or unsuitable for employment. When older people internalize negative attitudes about aging, their physical and mental health are adversely affected.

Challenge ageism by learning the facts—and sharing them. Download the infographic below.

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