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Age and Attitudes - Ageing in Ireland Fact File No. 13


National Council On Ageing And Older People

Type: Report
Region: Northern Ireland

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. Indeed, the negative personality traits which are often used to describe older people are to be found in some people of all ages and at all stages of life. Regrettably, the combination of negative and stereotypical attitudes about ageing and older people has the effect of marginalising older people, causing many to endure unacceptable limitations in their lives.



Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

National Council On Ageing And Older People. (2008) Age and Attitudes - Ageing in Ireland Fact File No. 13 [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 15th September 2019].


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