The United Nations established its UN Decade of Healthy Aging (2021-2030), an initiative that that brings together governments, civil society, international agencies, professionals, academia, the media, and the private sector to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live. The initiative aims to address four areas of action: age-friendly environments, combatting ageism, integrated care, and long-term care.
This Spring, as part of the UN Decade of Healthy Aging (2021-2030), The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism. The campaign builds off the accompanying Global Report on Ageism, identifying ageism as a universal barrier to everyone’s health, safety, dignity, and well-being. Ageism can have devastating effects on one’s mental and physical health. Like other forms of discrimination, it creates inequities among groups. What sets ageism apart from other -isms is that it may affect any person at any time during their life.
NCALL has long been committed to addressing and calling out the harmful effects of ageism, in particular, how it devalues older adults and creates conditions that exacerbate elder abuse. We’re thrilled to see the anti-ageism movement gain worldwide momentum through this beautiful, impactful campaign. We encourage you to take some time to read through the report to better understand ageism and what you can do to combat it, check out the conversation starters in the supplemental guide, and share resource materials from the toolkit.
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