How do you defeat ageism?
Age discrimination shows itself in many forms. Maybe you’ve been told that you are “too old” to participate in an activity. Maybe your doctor talks about your health to your younger companion, referring to you in the third person. Or maybe people expect you not to be able to take care of yourself. The most necessary step in fighting against ageism is recognizing it as it happens. If you don’t know the signs of age discrimination, you won’t be able to stop it as it happens. After you realize someone is being ageist against you, you’ve got to stand up for yourself and let them know of their disrespectful behaviour.
Another tip is to participate in discussions. You can’t expect others to include you in their conversations if all you do is sit in the corner and watch them talk. Be as independent as possible to show people that age doesn’t define your capabilities. Repeatedly letting others help you with daily stuff makes them think you can’t do them independently.
Unfortunately, the most frequent instance of ageism is when companies refuse to hire older people solely because of their age. There are usually two reasons recruiters are unwilling to hire older adults. They believe the senior worker will retire sooner than others which will cost them extra training expenses for replacement employees.
The belief that older employees’ physical and mental agility diminishes sooner than younger candidates also resembles a substantial productivity cost. To combat such discrimination, you need to try and prove that these speculations are false. For instance, you can undertake a thorough physical examination to demonstrate that your remaining health span surpasses their ageist presumptions.
It’s advised to undergo an IQ and mind agility test to prove that you are just as productive as other candidates. These may help put you on a closer footing with similarly competent contenders younger than you.