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What does it mean to be old?

Baroness Julia Neuberger

in Unequal ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424129
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424129.003.0005
What does it mean to be old?

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Age discrimination is widespread. Though some, especially those who live into a healthy and sufficiently wealthy older age, with activities for the mind and the capacity to feel needed, are not necessarily discriminated against as much as those whose bodies play them up more or whose minds begin to go. This latter group of older people remain to be seen as a cost to society. The author outlines several areas where discrimination and prejudice are experienced by older people. The chapter ends with a call for a change to the assumption that older people are not valuable to society as a whole. But to get these changes to come about, to be recognised as important, sensible, and indeed essential, there is a need for older people out there on the barricades, with a certain amount of rage in their hearts and fire in their bellies.

Keywords: age discrimination; older people; prejudice; prejudice

Chapter.  8349 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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