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Older people at train station

Response to link between age discrimination and poorer health

A recent article in the Lancet suggested a quarter of over 50s claimed they've been unfairly treated in stores, restaurants and hospitals.

Our Director of Communications and Influencing, Louise Ansari, warns that age discrimination remains too common in our society and affects not only our health but also our working lives.

Louise Ansari, Director of Communications and Influencing, Centre for Ageing Better:

“It is completely unacceptable that age-discrimination should play a role in our society, but sadly it’s still all too common. And ageist attitudes and age discrimination don’t just affect your health.

“Our studies also show older workers feel discriminated against in the job market where 14% of employees aged 50 or older think they have been turned down for a job due to their age, and nearly one in five have or have considered hiding their age in job applications.

“Across healthcare, the job market, housing, and other areas of life, providers of goods and services need to change their mindset and wake up to the fact that the number of people aged 65 and over is set to grow by more than 40%, reaching over 17 million by 2036.  

“No one in later life should be made to feel like a second class citizen.”

Age is just a number: Views among people aged 50 and over in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

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