Not all older people have granddaughters or grandsons, so calling them “grandmas” or “grandpas” is a type of discrimination. This is called ageism, and we explain it to you in this article.
By Gabriela Campillo.
Let’s start with the definition:
Ageism refers to stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination against people on the basis of age.
Is ageism only directed at elderly people?
No! Depending on the cultural and social context, ageism can affect people of all age groups who are stereotyped or discriminated against because of their age. In Chile, it is mainly directed at elderly people.
How to identify ageism towards elderly people?
|Say granny/gramps, grandmas(pas), old wo(man), old folks|
|Refer to elderly people as a burden, hindrance, or problem|
|Infantilize elderly people or assume that they are passive and dependent|
How to avoid ageism?
|Prefer terms such as elderly people or senior citizens|
|Regard elderly people as active subjects of law|
|Contribute to intergenerational cooperation|