America is too prejudiced against the old

WHO: Every second adult is biased against the elderly

In an EU study in 2012, a third of those over 65 stated that they had already experienced age discrimination. According to the WHO, the consequences for those affected can be considerable: their lives can be shorter and their health worse. They could also recover more slowly from physical limitations and mentally break down more quickly. The WHO defines "older people" as those over 50.

People are sometimes withheld from medical treatment because of their age or retired against their wishes, said Alana Officer, WHO's "Healthy Aging" officer. They are not taken into account in medical studies, although they are often the main users of the drugs later. "Age discrimination reduces the quality of life of the elderly, leads to social isolation and loneliness," the report said. It could also lead to poverty and financial insecurity.

Age discrimination therefore also exists against young people. The WHO definition is: "Age discrimination occurs when age is used to categorize and classify people in ways that lead to harm, disadvantage and injustice and undermine solidarity between generations."