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By Lauren Gray of Best Life | Slide 2 of 5: With an expanding population of Americans over 65, ageism is a growing issue. "Ageism is a common, socially condoned type of discrimination in the US," explains a Jun. 2022 study published in JAMA Open Network. "Ageism refers to stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination related to old age, aging processes, and older adults."The study built on prior research which suggests that "major life events rooted in age-based discrimination have been associated with poor health outcomes," and worked to explore "routine ageism" which occurs on a smaller, everyday scale. These include anti-aging commercials, dismissive comments, and other "brief verbal, nonverbal, and environmental indignities that convey hostility, a lack of value, or narrow stereotypes of older adults."The research team concluded that everyday ageism communicates "that older adults are not fully accepted and respected, appreciated for their individuality, or deserving of the rights and privileges afforded other members of society," and can be detrimental to the well-being of older individuals.READ THIS NEXT: These Are the Only 2 Supplements That Help You Live Longer, Study Finds.

Ageism comes in many forms, experts say.

With an expanding population of Americans over 65, ageism is a growing issue. "Ageism is a common, socially condoned type of discrimination in the US," explains a Jun. 2022 study published in JAMA Open Network. "Ageism refers to stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination related to old age, aging processes, and older adults."

The study built on prior research which suggests that "major life events rooted in age-based discrimination have been associated with poor health outcomes," and worked to explore "routine ageism" which occurs on a smaller, everyday scale. These include anti-aging commercials, dismissive comments, and other "brief verbal, nonverbal, and environmental indignities that convey hostility, a lack of value, or narrow stereotypes of older adults."

The research team concluded that everyday ageism communicates "that older adults are not fully accepted and respected, appreciated for their individuality, or deserving of the rights and privileges afforded other members of society," and can be detrimental to the well-being of older individuals.

READ THIS NEXT: These Are the Only 2 Supplements That Help You Live Longer, Study Finds.

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