Discrimination on the grounds of age occurs when it is because of age that we are treated less well than other people in the same or similar situation.
Discrimination on the basis of age can take various forms and relate to various aspects of social life : employment, income levels, access to health care, education and financial services, participation in the decision-making and social dialogue, allocation of resources and facilities.
The problem of discrimination on the basis of age may be attended by people of different ages, including young people, however, it affects older people in a special way, although it is particularly experienced by older people, which contributes to their exclusion from society. Discrimination on the basis of age is also reflected in emphasizing the negative consequences of the aging process of societies.
The reason for improper treatment of seniors are primarily negative stereotypes about old age, lack of knowledge about the needs of older people or simply lack of personal culture and respect for the elderly.
The age criterion has a unique feature, because it affects every person – and at the same time, depending on the period in which we live, we can put on various forms of different treatment.