Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Why Does Ageism Occur?

Why Does Ageism Occur
We are a capitalistic society in America, Which basically means we all have to earn money and provide for ourselves. This makes us very competitive against each other. Especially with companies are wanting the best workers and workers are wanting the best jobs. So companies often look down on older workers because they are not in their prime condition or they believe they are not as capable as someone younger which is not always true. And since seniors sometimes struggle to earn as much money as they once had throughout their life or lose the ability to provide and take care of their self they are often looked down upon by society. Even though a lot of seniors are still able to provide and take care of them selves they tend to get stereotyped into a category they do not belong in. The fact is we all grow old and we should not cast stereotypes and judgments against seniors, it is the same thing as casting the stereotype onto our future self. These people who are treated as second class citizens were once the workforce and the fathers/mothers of an earlier generation and have helped pave the way for younger generations to come and should be treated with respect.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ageism Article

I would like to share this article i think it shows and explains ageism well. Here is a quote from the article.

For thousands of American workers, it’s the same message they claim to hear on the job. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has received more than 19,000 age discrimination complaints in each of the past two years, and has helped win tens of millions of dollars in settlements.

The article is from 2004 but it is still good please check the full article here.