External Resources on Ageism

Here are some resources on ageism and anti-ageism to explore.

Old School: Anti-Ageism Clearing House. “What is Old School? Old School curates, creates, commissions and disseminates free resources to educate people about ageism and how to end it; hosts and facilitates spaces where age advocates around the world can connect; collaborates with other pro-aging organizations; and shows up for other social-justice movements. Old School is working towards a world where everyone has the opportunity to live long and to live well. We are advancing the movement to dismantle ageism, and we are leveraging the fact that everyone ages (and experiences age bias) in order to address the intersectional nature of all oppression—and of all activism.”

Report on Ageism and Age Discrimination, United Nations, 2021. [This] report is submitted to the Human Rights Council pursuant to resolution 42/12 on the human rights of older persons. In the report, the Independent Expert examines and raises awareness of the prevalence of ageism and age discrimination, analyses their possible causes and manifestations and reviews the way the existing legal and policy frameworks at the international and regional levels protect against ageism and age discrimination. The analysis is followed by the Independent Expert’s conclusions and recommendations, which are aimed at assisting States in designing and implementing frameworks to address and prevent ageism and age discrimination and to ensure the promotion and protection of the rights of older persons. The report also contains an overview of the activities of the Independent Expert during the reporting period.

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights: OHCHR and older persons. This website contains key documents, reports and stories addressing ageism and human rights of older persons. From the website’s introductory comments: “Population ageing is a global phenomenon that has profound implications for human rights of all. The number of older persons aged 65 and over is projected to double to 1.5 billion in 2050. By 2050, one in six people in the world will be aged 65 or over.  While the increasing longevity is a manifestation of the progress achieved in human development and health over the last decades, the rapid demographic shift has also shed light on the lack of adequate protection mechanisms, and on the existing gaps in policies and programmes to address the situation of older persons.”