Are we an ageist community? Research says 'yes'

ACCORDING to researchers from the University of Melbourne, we have ageist attitudes.

Not everyone is ageist, but among the 1000 people aged 18 to 70 that were surveyed, the issue of succession was top of the list of ageist concerns. 

Dr Josh Healy from the university's Centre for Workplace Leadership said there is a perception that older people are failing to make way for younger generations, and that men and younger people were more likely to have these 'succession' based views of older adults.

Is Australia an ageist country?

This poll ended on 29 March 2019.

Current Results

Yes - I feel like people are always telling me what I can't do

90%

No - Australia is inclusive with all ages

9%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"This is the belief that older Australians are unfairly holding onto valuable resources and positions of status," Dr Healy said.

"For example, older people are seen to block younger people from high-paying jobs or from entering the housing market."

The researchers found the second most common type of ageism was the stereotyping older people which can be hard to change and can lead to discriminatory actions. 

Dr Ruth Williams from university's Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative said few Australians are resolutely ageist.

"On average, Australians are not inherently ageist," Dr Williams said.

"There is an underlying tension between the younger and older generations, which stems from a perception of unequal access to resources, status and power. 

"With our ageing population, these views of intergenerational inequalities are only likely to grow and that is a pressing economic and social issue.

"We will soon have four to five generations in the workplace together. We can't afford to neglect or undervalue the older citizens who represent a growing share of our population."


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