Values, attitudes and opinions

Age and Attitudes - Ageing in Ireland Fact File

1st March 2001, National Council On Ageing And Older People

The vast majority of older people are fit and well, with many asserting that they ‘feel young’, irrespective of what age they happen to be. Nevertheless, older people in general are often portrayed in the media and elsewhere as being frail or ill, as suffering mental deterioration, as being poor and dependent, as being rigid of thought or unable to learn new skills. Such inaccurate stereotyping of older people leads to ‘ageism’, a term which describes various forms of prejudice towards older people, all of which are totally unjustifiable.