COVID-19 and ageism – the view from outside the UK
Ageism is not just a UK issue, in fact the United Nations has recognised this as an international one with them highlighting the importance of older people in society.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought ageism into the national debate. We’ve seen prominent journalists arguing that a ‘cull of the elderly’ could benefit the economy, sparking necessary debates about attitudes to older people. The horrifying situation in care homes, and the extremely difficult situation facing many older people who are self-isolating, has opened many people’s eyes to the ageism that is rife in our society.