Ageism and the State of Older People With Mental Conditions During the Pandemic and Beyond: Manifestations, Etiology, Consequences, and Future Directions

L. Ayalon*, C. Peisah, C.D. Lima, H. Verbeek, K. Rabheru

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The pandemic has put the spotlight on older people and on the topic of ageism. In early 2021, a call was made for input into the Thematic Report on Ageism and Discrimination to inform the United Nations Independent Expert on the Rights of Older Persons' forthcoming report to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council. The aim of this paper is to articulate the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and the World Psychiatric Association Section of Old Age Psychiatry (WPA-SOAP) response to this call. This brief statement on ageism with a special focus on older people with mental health conditions is divided into three sections. We start by outlining the various manifestations of ageism in varied contexts and countries with a primary focus on the pandemic. Possible consequences of ageism with a focus on older people's mental health and well-being are outlined. We conclude by discussing ways to overcome ageism and reduce its occurrence, especially during times of extreme conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)995-999
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


  • Ageism
  • covid-19
  • older people
  • discrimination
  • human rights
  • COVID-19
  • RISK

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