6 biases about aging to end ageism

During the health crisis and more recently during the elections, we saw many observations regarding aging on social networks. Sunday’s result may just be a sleeping pill in herbal tea.And ‘We can only withdraw their right to vote’And “We saved the old with a vaccine. Fatal mistake »Lots of hate messages that were the subject of a campaign before Poor little brothers. “It is necessary to remember that discrimination against old age, such as racism or sexism, is punishable by law.”, the union’s response to the comments, is not without a certain category. Here are 6 prejudices the anti-segregation society won’t want to hear in the future.

#1. Older people “have”

All the old rich people? This cliché is difficult, especially since the presidential campaign where we imagine the elderly as loyal messengers of the neoliberal politics of re-elected President Emmanuel Macron. However, it is useful to remember that seniors are not all in the same boat. in 2020, Nearly 350,000 women and 280,000 men have attained the minimum age limit (Solidarity allowance for the elderly), a monthly financial aid given to retired people with limited resources who live in France, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Statistics (INSEE).

This is the type of assistance, but also the low percentage of families, which allows people aged 65 and over (excluding people who live in institutions, nursing homes, retirement homes, long-stay hospitals, etc.) poverty level weaker (8.6%) of the total French population (14.8%), again according to INSEE.

# 2. The Sages are no longer active

There is a belief that the elderly do not invest in French society. However, it is not necessary to know the daily lives of those men and women whose old days made it possible Engage in community life or devote themselves to a hobby Alone or with your loved ones. Due to the cessation of their professional activity, our elders devote most of their days to leisure: 7 h 33 on average.

If two-thirds of this time takes place at home (television and rest), another third allows some people to pursue a sporting activity, a creative hobby, or even engage in volunteer work. 5 million elderly people participate in associations According to the Ministry of Health. With nearly 90% of associations working only with volunteers, 34% of volunteers are over the age of 50 Those who invested in them (according to the latest numbers from the Research and Solidarity Study, 2020-2021 edition), today are the lifeblood of these organizations!

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#3. Older people are allergic to digital

Our seniors are far from being digital, it’s a fact. 27% of people over the age of 60 never use the internetAccording to a study by Little Brothers of the Poor and CSA Institute (2021). This represents 3.6 million people are away from digital technology At their expense, due to the lack of resources and social support.

However, digital technology can have a positive impact on the lives of older adults. We’ve seen it while in confinement: IM groups allowed families to stay in touch with distant grandparents or aunts more easily, thus pushing them back. Feeling isolated is a big problem in the daily life of old agewhich we have already told you in this article.

Smartphones have even gained ground among the elderly since the pandemic even if they use these gadgets in moderation, as can be read in the time. Because ? Their skills are still very low (only 13% of retirees say so “very specialized” using a computer, compared to an average of 31% of the population) though Desire to get digital training.

#4. Older people have a stagnant libido

The sexuality of the elderly is still a taboo in our society. However, aging is not necessarily synonymous with abstinence. This was demonstrated by a study from the University of Manchester. Conducted on 7,000 people over 70, it indicates that more than half (54%) of men and a third of women (31%) continue sexual intercourse, according to the Young Brothers of the Poor report.

Another study from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University showed that although the frequency of intercourse decreased over time, The majority of women and men in their 60s and 80s say they are always passionate about sex and intimacy. Even better: About 20% of people over 65 have a sex life “The best I can be”According to a study by Duke University!

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#5. The environment is their least concern

Are older people not interested in climate change? This is another attack we hear a lot about our seniors. However, the old is part of The segment of the population most likely to change their consumption behaviorAccording to a survey by market research firm BVA, commissioned by the European Investment Bank, and published on the website of Cross :

  • 28% of people over 65 have actually reduced their red meat consumption compared to 24% of adults aged 30 to 64,
  • 41% of people over the age of 65 buy local or seasonal products compared to 29% of young people aged 15-29,
  • 47% of people aged over 65 say they are not ready to give up on their dream trip (a major carbon consumer) compared to 54% of young people aged 15-29,
  • 95% of people over 65 use selective sorting or forgo plastic bags, compared to 82% of younger people.

Public transportation remains the most popular area among young people. 34% of 15-29-year-olds prefer it over a car, compared to 24% of those 65 and older. This data can be explained by the unavailability of public transportation for the elderly and/or the most isolated people.

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#6 Aside from their health, old people have no problem

Health is one of the topics that worry the French and men the most, especially since the outbreak of the epidemic. But health issues are not the only challenges that older adults face. Isolation is also a scourge that affects many peoplewhether they are in peak physical condition or not.

in France, 2 million people over the age of 60 You don’t have daily contact. 530,000 stand by them in a state of “social death”, that is, they never meet other human souls, and this refers to the latest measure of the brotherhood of the little poor. A growing figure worries the assembly that continues to struggle against the isolation of our elderly. Because of The consequences of this isolation are numerous Sleep disturbances, high blood pressure, increased stress, depression, poor sense of well-being, weakening of the immune system, deterioration of cognitive functions … Hence the need for younger age groups to engage with the elderly and ignore the prejudices against them.

Think you know everything about Older people and the stereotypes surrounding them ? To check it out, test your knowledge With this age test that I make Poor little brothers to Sweep clean of prejudices !

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