Attitudes to Ageing Linked to Health

A new report by the Royal Society for Public Health has found that people with negative attitudes to older people and ageing experience an adverse effect on their own health and wellbeing.

The report found that two thirds of the public have no friends with an age gap of 30 years or more. Of the 18-34 year olds asked, 25% of them believe it is "normal for older people to be unhappy and depressed". 30% of the public believe "being lonely is just something that happens when people get old"

The findings of the report That Age Old Question reveal that ageist views are held across the generations, and that an ageing society is viewed by many as a challenge rather than an opportunity. The report makes a number of recommendations aimed at addressing some of the key drivers and negative consequences of societal ageism.