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No place to grow old: Britain ranks among Europe's worst countries for ageism

Post by Guest on Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:28 am

No place to grow old: Britain ranks among Europe's worst countries for ageism

One third of Britons think those over 70 are a burden on health services
Two out of five people in the UK say they have been shown a lack of respect because of their age
In the UK youth is thought to end at 35 compared with people in Greece who said it ended at 52

More people in Britain feel they shown a lack of respect because of their age than in many other European countries, a new report has found.
According to the European Social Survey, a major piece of research carried out across 28 countries, nearly two out of five Britons claim they have been ignored or patronised because of ageist views.
Only in Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are the figures worse.
Discrimination: More older people in the UK feel they are treated with a lack of respected than in many other European countries
The report, which took into account the views of 55,000 people in Europe, also reveals that more than half of Britons do not have a single friend over the age of 70. In contrast, two thirds of people in Portugal, Switzerland and Germany have a friend aged 70 or more.


The data, which has just been published after being collected in 2009, revealed that in Britain 64 per cent of people thought age discrimination is a 'very serious or quite serious problem.' Only in France, where the figure is 68 per cent, did more people express concern.
The figures also reveal that in the UK 41 per cent of people thought that people aged 70 or over contributed little to the economy and in addition 36 per cent thought that people over 70 were a burden on healthcare services.
COUNTRIES WITH HIGHEST PERCEPTION OF AGE DISCRIMINATION
France 68%
UK 64%
Romania 63%
Portugal 61%
Norway 61%
According to the report, there were fears surrounding age discrimination in the workplace with around half of Britons interviewed who are aged over 50 saying they were concerned about employers showing preference to people in the their 20s.
'Even on the perception of when old age starts, the UK is the worst in Europe in a way,' said Nicola Robinson from Age UK, who helped to analyse the data for 2009. 'Britons thought old age started at 59, whereas in Greece they thought it started at around 68. There is a similar question about when youth ends. The UK thought that was 35, while in Greece they thought it was 52.'
However, Ms Robinson said the picture in the UK was not entirely bleak and added: 'The statistic about worries around ageism could be worse in the UK because it could suggest we are simply more aware of it.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2055252/No-place-grow-old-Britain-ranks-Europes-worst-countries-ageism.html#ixzz1cGOxOIIW

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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:57 am

How sad is that ! Sad


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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:02 pm

This part particularly worries me bearing in mind all of us will be working much longer to get any kind of pension in old age:

"According to the report, there were fears surrounding age discrimination in the workplace with around half of Britons interviewed who are aged over 50 saying they were concerned about employers showing preference to people in the their 20s."

I currently will be working until I'm 67, I wouldn't be surprised if this changes again, upwards of course Rolling Eyes

I work in a office, imagine doing physical work? Who is going to employ those individuals when there is a choice of someone who is younger and fitter? Sad

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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:14 pm

Feelthelove wrote:This part particularly worries me bearing in mind all of us will be working much longer to get any kind of pension in old age:

"According to the report, there were fears surrounding age discrimination in the workplace with around half of Britons interviewed who are aged over 50 saying they were concerned about employers showing preference to people in the their 20s."

I currently will be working until I'm 67, I wouldn't be surprised if this changes again, upwards of course Rolling Eyes

I work in a office, imagine doing physical work? Who is going to employ those individuals when there is a choice of someone who is younger and fitter? Sad

Yep, how are brickies etc going to manage. Perhaps it is me, but I have never noticed this, and lord help anyone who tried to disrespect me because of age, they'd regret it! Laughing Twisted Evil

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