Most will agree that both ageism and age discrimination are harmful to older adults. Not all older adults fit the detrimental and often negative stereotypes of the frail and vulnerable older person. Nevertheless, it is also true that not all older adults are physically or mentally capable, independent, and autonomous. While ageism and age discrimination must be discouraged, conversations about, and the need for protections for older and vulnerable adults cannot be ignored.
Th following paper, from WEL Partners, explores arguments in favour of the need for protections for older adults as a component of any discussion on ageism.