Ageism in the Workplace Study 2019
In a survey of 400 U.S. employees over age 40, close to half reported that they or someone they know experienced age discrimination at work, and about one in five reported that they faced age discrimination themselves. Employees believed that age 51 was the age they were most likely to experience age discrimination. Despite protection against age discrimination by state and federal laws, only 40% of people who believed they were subject to age discrimination reported it either to the government or to their employers.
Global Reach of Ageism on Older Persons’ Health: A Systematic Review 2020
Source: PLOS One (a peer reviewed open-access journal)
Researchers at Yale University conducted a global review of ageism. After analyzing hundreds of studies, they found that ageism led to significantly worse health outcomes in 95% of the studies. The studies reported ageism was prevalent in each of the 45 countries studied. In general, older people who were less educated were more likely to experience negative health effects of ageism. In addition, people who experienced ageism at work had worse overall health, including increased depressive symptoms.
Interventions to Reduce Ageism Against Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis 2019
Source: American Journal of Public Health (study done with the World Health Organization)
Researchers analyzed over 60 studies that looked at different interventions intended to combat ageism (which has been found to be highly prevalent across countries). These interventions included contact between generations, education, and a combination of both. The study found that mixing younger and older people in a variety of settings, combined with educating younger people about the aging process can reduce ageism.