Ageism is a Global Challenge

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Posted Mar 31, 2021 | WHO

An estimated 6.3 million cases of depression globally are attributable to ageism. The COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the characteristics of ageism - poorer health, social isolation, earlier deaths, and billions of dollars in economic costs. It intersects with, and exacerbates, other forms of bias and disadvantage including those related to sex, race, and disability, leading to negative impacts on health and well-being. In this report, the WHO shows that ageism is widespread and insidious because it goes largely unrecognised and unchallenged. Bringing together evidence on the nature and magnitude of ageism, its determinants and its impact, the paper outlines strategies to prevent and counter it; identifies gaps; and proposes lines of research to improve understanding of the condition.


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