Ageism

By Madalyn Martin

The Social Justice Issue of Ageism

Ageism is prejudice or discrimination on a person based on their age. Ageism can be applied to any age group, but it is most common against the elderly . Ageism occurs whenever older adults are treated in demeaning ways. Many people believe that as they grow older people begin to treat them differently. They are treated as less valued and less capable. The elders of our world today fell as if they are invisible and worthless. One example of ageism in our society is how a young adult is more likely to get a job over an adult that is sixty years or older. Negative stereotyping of Seniors not only hurt them emotionally, but studies have also shown that they can shorten their lifespans. America needs to realize that the older we get the wiser we become. Our country should not only be youth oriented, but also consider the knowledge of other age groups.

The Beatles “When I’m Sixty-Four”(1967)

I think that this song belongs on my soundtrack because it talks about some of the concerns people have as they grow older. It shows that we are scared that we will no longer be loved or needed as whenever we are older.


"In American culture, the aged are not depicted as experienced "elders." Rather, older people are tolerated and respected to the extent they can act like younger people and work, exercise, and have healthy relationships."(encyclopedia.com)

When I'm Sixty-Four: A Tribute to Lennon & McCartney [HD]

Lukas Graham “7 Years” (2015)

I chose this song because it goes through several different stages of life. Near the end of the song the musician stated, "Soon I'll be 60 years old, will I think the world is cold". This has to do with ageism because it is a natural stereotype to believe that old people are easily depressed.


"35% of doctors consider high blood pressure a normal part of aging. Also, depression is linked to a normal factor of aging."(http://feltme01.blogspot.com/2013/01/surprising-facts-about-ageism.html)

Lukas Graham - 7 Years [OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO]

Toby Keith “As Good As I Once Was”(2005)

I chose this song because it talks about how some older people may believe that they could do things better whenever they were younger. This may be true, but it is overlooked that there are also things that they are better at now than when they were younger.


"Less than 2% of prime time television characters are over 65. People who are younger often play the role of older characters." (http://feltme01.blogspot.com/2013/01/surprising-facts-about-ageism.html)

Toby Keith - As Good As I Once Was

Bruce Springsteen “Glory Days”(1984)

I chose this song because it is an example of the stereotyping the elderly. The artist is saying that your "glory days" are when ever you are younger. It also talks about how when you are older all you have left is stories about the glory days.


"One survey of 84 people over the age of 60 in America found almost 80% of them reporting having experienced ageism." (http://www.disabled-world.com/editorials/ageism.php)

Bruce Springsteen - Glory Days

The Who "My Generation" (1965)

I chose this song because the artist shows plenty of examples of ageism is the lyrics. The song states, "I hope I die before I get old." Many people believe that once you get old that you become depressed and want to die, but they are wrong.


"Negative stereotypes not only hurt seniors, they might also actually shorten their lifespans, according to psychologist Becca Levy, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Yale University" (http://www.disabled-world.com/editorials/ageism.php)

The Who - My Generation

John Mayer "Stop This Train" (2006)

This song is a description of the fear that people have of aging. In this song, a son talks to his father about getting old. The son represents our society's irrational fear of getting older and the father represents reality. The son believes that once you turn 65, your life is over, but the father tells him that there is a whole lot more of living after that.


"Most seniors are mentally and physically active regardless of age with a great deal to contribute. " (http://www.alfa.org/alfa/Ageism.asp)

John Mayer - Stop This Train(with lyrics)

Tom Lehrer “When You Are Old and Grey” (1953)

I chose this song because the artist is disrespectful to the elderly. He questions whether he would still love his partner whenever they are old and aging. He also lists characteristics that one may have during aging.


"Age stereotypes are often internalized at a young age - long before they are even relevant to people." (http://www.disabled-world.com/editorials/ageism.php)

Tom Lehrer - The Masochism Tango

Wiz Khalifa "See You Again"(feat. Charlie Puth) (2015)

I chose this song because it is about loosing a friend and this reminds me of the troubles that elderly people go through everyday. As we get older are friends and family do as well, therefore, the older you get the more people you lose in life.


"Nearly a quarter of the 600,000 people who experience a stroke in a given year will experience clinical depression." (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/depression-older-adults-more-facts)

Wiz Khalifa - See You Again ft. Charlie Puth [Official Video] Furious 7 Soundtrack

John Mayer "Waiting On The World To Change"(2006)

I chose this song because it reminds me of the people that suffer from the discrimination of ageism. Most elderly people put up with the treatment that they are given and they sit back and wait for the world to change.


"There is a stigma that when a person is old it is an automatic assumption that they have a memory and/or physical disability."(https://patm23.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/ageism-and-the-impact-on-society-and-individual-worth/)

John Mayer - Waiting On the World to Change

David Bowie "Changes" (1971)

I chose this song because it talks about the struggles that we are faced with as we grow older. Also it shows that everyone will grow older. We should treat the elderly how we will want to be treated when we are their age.


"There was a longitudinal study with ages of 50 years and older that those with a positive self-perception of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those with a negative self-perception. Positivity exposure helps significantly with memory and balance. Negativity exposure contributed to worse memory and feelings of worthlessness." (https://patm23.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/ageism-and-the-impact-on-society-and-individual-worth/)

david bowie - changes