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ageism

[ā′jizəm]
Etymology: L, aetas, lifetime
an attitude that discriminates, separates, stigmatizes, or otherwise disadvantages older adults on the basis of chronological age.

Age Discrimination

Geriatrics A bias or belief that may be held by a health care provider that depression, forgetfulness, and other disorders are a normal part of ageing and that older individuals won’t benefit from treatment of mental disorders.
Social medicine Discrimination against or unfair treatment of individuals on the basis of their age.
Psychiatry Systematic stereotyping of and discrimination against the elderly to distance oneself from their social plight and skirt personal fears of ageing and death.
MedspeakUK Any overt or covert policy or act that adversely affects a worker because of his/her age.
MedspeakUS The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 provides that no person in the US shall, on the basis of age, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

ageism

Geriatrics A bias or belief that may be held by a health care provider that depression, forgetfulness, and other disorders are a normal part of aging and that older individuals will not benefit from treatment of mental disorders. See elderly. Psychiatry Systematic stereotyping of and discrimination against the elderly to distance oneself from their social plight and skirt personal fears of aging and death. See Elder abuse. Cf Gerontophobia.

age·ism

(āj'izm)
Actions and attitudes that place different values on, or create unequal opportunities for, people or groups because of their age.
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