Chapter 14 Ageism January 4, 2013

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Abbie Heaps

FHS 1500

Chapter 14 Ageism

January 4, 2013

            Ageism is prejudice or discrimination on the basis of a person’s age. One day I was watching the TV show, What Would You Do, and they did a show on ageism. They talked about how it is a problem in today’s society. They had older actors pretend they were getting bullied by teenage actors. Some just walked by and didn’t care. Others stopped and helped the senior citizens. I really believe ageism is a problem in today’s society.

            Do you think that ageism is a mild, moderate or serious issue in our culture? I believe that in some places it is a bigger issue then in other places. I think where I live it’s not that big of an issue. I don’t see it a whole lot where I live, but if the TV show What Would You Do in an episode on it, it must be a bigger problem in other places.

            Is ageism more obvious in some settings than in others? I think in some places it is more prevalent than others. I think where there is more use in technology it is more prevalent, because it is harder for older people to learn new technology, because they haven’t lived with it their whole life. I think when people get impatient there is more ageism. Older people tend to be slower and younger people (especially teenagers) are always moving faster and are more impatient. With new technology people can get more things done in a day. If things slow them down people tend to get upset. I have seen this when standing in line at the grocery store. Everyone needs to slow down and be more patient

            What, if anything, can we do to prevent ageism in our society? I think the more, younger people get to know about older people, the more they respect them. I think if everyone was not impatient and was kind to each other, there would be less ageism.

We all need to be kinder to each other. We need to understand we all have trials and they’re different from each others. We should all be more understanding of each other. Everyone needs to do their part and prevent ageism.

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