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Ageism ‘most common’ discrimination February 25, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in age concern, Age Discrimination, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, disability discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, England, Gordon Lishman, North West, Sexism, Sexist, Taylor Nelson Sofres Ltd, University of Kent.

MORE than a quarter of people in the North West have suffered age discrimination, a survey for Age Concern has revealed.

Some 26.9% of people questioned in the region said they had been the subject of ageism – more than any other form of discrimination.

The figure compares to just 9.1% who said they had suffered sexism, 6% who suffered racism and 6% who suffered disability discrimination.

Nationally, the survey showed that 56% of all discrimination against over 55s relates to ageism

Age Concern has launched a month-long campaign to gather older people’s experiences of discrimination when trying to access goods and services. Anyone of 50 or over who has been the victim of any type of age discrimination can tell their story via an online questionnaire at www.ageconcern.org.uk

‘Blind eye’

Gordon Lishman, Director General of Age Concern, said: “Society too often turns a blind eye to ageism – but our research shows it is actually the most common form of discrimination.

“The impact of ageism is also significant. It can mean older people get inferior health care services or are denied access to other goods and services that many take for granted. This blatant discrimination would not be tolerated in any other context.’

“We want to make it clear that age discrimination is wrong. Any evidence of the extent and nature of ageism will help make the case for protection for people of all ages.”

The figures on age discrimination come from a survey that was developed for Age Concern by Professor Dominic Abrams, Director of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent and fielded to a representative sample of 2113 members of the British public by Taylor Nelson Sofres Ltd in July 2006.

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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