1 May 2021
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Tasmania
The WHO Global report on Ageism has been released, highlighting the prevalence of ageism globally and makes key recommendations for how to work together to combat it.
The report finds that 1 in 2 people worldwide are ageist against older people and that this impacts on older people’s life span, income, poorer physical and mental health, slower recovery from disability and cognitive decline.
“This report also shows just how pervasive ageism is in our society. We see it in our workplaces, in our health care system and of course we’ve seen it rife throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.” Ian Yates, Chief Executive of COTA Australia said. “When older people are undervalued, we all miss out, as individuals, as communities, and as an economy. The hidden costs of ageism and age discrimination in employment, health care and other areas is enormous, and the WHO Report calls for more research, education and legislation to understand and combat this scourge”.
COTA is a leading member of the Every Age Counts coalition, a national campaign which aims to tackle ageism against older people in Australia, which is praised by the WHO Report. COTA encourage you to sign the pledge and raise awareness in your professional and personal networks.
To read the report, or access resources and the Global Campaign to end Ageism Toolkit