Young people can help stop ageist attitudes

As our workplace media age increases beyond 50, and our national median age in Australia is 37, MORE must be done to include young leaders and professionals in conversations about ageism. 

Research from the University of Kent has highlighted some interesting points about how our friendships can help tackle ageist attitudes from both ends of the age 'divide'.

"The researchers found that young adults who experienced good quality contact expressed less ageism towards older adults. More importantly, even young adults with no direct experience of older adults expressed less ageism when they knew of a friend that had a friendship with an older adult.

This indirect effect occurred because knowing that other young people in their close social network have positive relationships with older adults reduced young adults' anxieties about interacting with older adults and made such relationships seem more widespread and acceptable."

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