World news – « Deeply embedded in each of us »: The report finds that every second person has an age-related attitude

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It found that it affects billions of people worldwide and poses a harmful human rights and health problem.

As she prepared for an exhibition at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), it was a big birthday that she wanted to celebrate was in the foreground of her mind.

« I really wanted to be 50 years old, I wanted to be proud of it, and I wanted it to be something people can look forward to, » she said.

But as she put her video installations together, she became increasingly aware that aging was a daunting prospect, especially for women.

« I was never concerned about my age, I was never someone worried about getting older, « she said.

 » I have also read a lot of statistics on the news that this group of older women is the fastest growing homeless group in Australia. It was the largest population A group of people who signed up for [JobSeeker]. « 

Rees has created a series of videos in which her mom, friends, and coworkers use bird calls to connect with each other.

 » So many of the women I’ve worked with … many of them talk about feeling suddenly invisible and ignored, « she said.

The World Health Organization report includes a survey of more than 83,000 people out of 57 Countries covering all six WHO regions of the world.

The highest prevalence of ageism was found in low- and low-middle-income countries such as India, Nigeria and Yemen.

Marlene Krasovitsky, Co -Chairwoman and director of the Every Age Counts Campaign, was not shocked by the high prevalence of ageism.

« We have had these negative attitudes about aging and older people and about this phase of life since we were children eatmet, « she said.

 » It’s so deeply embedded in each of us and so deeply embedded in the institutions around us that we barely notice it. « 

The WHO report defines ageism as that Case where age is used to categorize and subdivide people so that they lead to harm, disadvantage and injustice, affecting people aged 50 and over, as well as younger people.

In a study at five medical centers in the United States studied how age affected healthcare professionals’ decision to withhold life support in 9,000 patients with high-mortality diseases.

As the patient ages, healthcare professionals are more likely to keep ventilator support, which Surgery and dialysis back.

For ventilator support, the rate of decisions to discontinue therapy increased with each decade of Al ters by 15 percent. For surgery, the increase per decade has been 19 percent.

According to the report, the COVID-19 pandemic has not only wreaked havoc on the lives of many elderly people around the world, but has also exposed discrimination against older adults.

« Whether it’s the effects on their own health, or the loss of their job, or isolation or exclusion from treatment [COVID-19], ageism has really shed light on, » said Dr. Krasovitsky.

The report cites a recent global review of the prevalence of violence against the elderly, which found that around 15.7 percent of the elderly – or nearly one in six – are victims of abuse.

« It is actually something that is endemic in our society, dangerous in our society and needs our core institutions to address it, » he said.

The WHO says that political and legal changes, education and an improved Intergenerational contact can help reduce the stigma of old age.

Lucy O’Flaherty, as Managing Director of Aged Care Provider Glenview Community Services, can affirm the benefits of intergenerational contact.

Until the end of the program As a result of the pandemic, day-care center visits were carried out regularly at your facility so that older residents and preschoolers could spend time together nten.

« We saw that there were some benefits in terms of the immediacy of people’s smiles and overall wellbeing, » said Ms. O’Flaherty.

« These lovely little friendships began to emerge, our elders moved more, our elders got more involved – so it had some really therapeutic effects, « she said.

 » We are absolutely fixated on the day when we can have children safely in the elderly care facility. « < A study is cited that found that in Australia, if 5 percent more people aged 55 and over were employed, it would have a positive impact on the economy of $ 48 billion annually.

« Now have we have the wonderful opportunity to open this up and create awareness, to educate ourselves and to become part of this global movement to reduce ageism, « she said.

Mr. Yates said alongside the Royal Commission on Elderly Care, the W HO report emphasizes that ageism is an issue that can no longer be ignored.

« Just as we draw attention to quotas for women in leadership positions, we must also approach ageism in the same powerful and systemic way » he said.

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