What’s the negative impact of ageism on society?
As with any other “-ism,” ageism is yet another factor that modifies our society into worse. When it penetrates any organization, as time goes by, its’ ugly face will be apparent, and you’ll notice its presence wherever you go. Finding a job becomes more challenging as you get become older. It’s no surprise that a younger workforce with less experience and less wage is always preferable to hiring managers. You’ve heard many stories about older folks getting ignored or neglected at hospitals. I witnessed an old lady in her 80s getting missed at a hospital and ended up bedridden with bowel obstruction illness.
We searched for a suitable caring senior facility for my grandmom when I was a kid. I witnessed an older adult calling for the nurse, and she acted like she didn’t hear. Even when my father asked one of the seniors how they are getting treated? He said they don’t care about our medications. Two years ago, when my company was looking for an experienced worker, a 50-year-old came by, and as I heard, he had a great resume with a suitable qualification for the position. However, the manager decided to choose an amateur youngster over him.
There are many stories about age discrimination in every part of our society. All it takes is an online look-up in Quora or Reddit to read about some unfortunate experiences with ageism. In my opinion, we need better laws and regulations in favour of the ageing population. These people have paid their dues to society, and we all have to be considerate about their rights and well-being. All I know is, this trend of ageism toward older folks has to change. If it doesn’t, our younger generation will have a worse attitude toward them.