Elder Experience with Prejudice

Youth tries not to communicate with older people. The reason is an ageist stereotypical attitude towards elderly population. This essay explains the origin of ageism and the modern perception of elder experience.

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Not long ago, the elder experience was the only source of tradition preservation and life stability. Due to printing press invention and the Industrial Revolution, the perception of the elderly people has changed. Firstly, as the information about ancestors’ way of life became available for everyone, there was no need for older adults to pass their knowledge. Secondly, the revolution brought many job opportunities, and the younger family members moved to different places to work there. The elderly could not move or did not want to do it. Thus, seniors became a “burden” for their children who did not need to or could not share their parents’ knowledge and presence anymore.

Nowadays, older people are treated with prejudice because of their disability to change according to the new work conditions and their outlook that differs from their children’s one. According to the technology development, senior workers cannot compete with the young ones. Older employees are regarded incompetent in many questions. What is more, the older population differs from the younger one in the world perception. The moral standards change, and it causes the barrier between two generations. It means that some things the modern society considers acceptable were not appropriate some time ago. People who were brought up according to different rules cannot accept the new ones. Thus, the new generation does not welcome the way of their parents’ upbringing and perceives the elder experience with prejudice.

Summing up, ageism is treating old people according to the stereotypical perception. The printing press advent and the Industrial Revolution influenced this process. Nowadays, community bases its judgment about seniors on their disability to change with regard to civilization progress.

  1. Elder
  2. Experience
  3. Prejudice

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