Ageism occurs as one of the most widespread communal problems across different social settings. The problem of ageism transcends across various social facets including religion, race, and socio-economic status. Precisely, ageism is not attributed to certain religions, races, and socio-economic classes. In a nutshell, ageism poses various harms not only to the elderly, but for the entire society (Leon-Guerrero, 2013). There exists various practical solutions, which could be utilized to resolve the problem of ageism. Arguably, the most practical solution to the problem of ageism in the contemporary society is developing legislations that impose penalties on persons found liable for perpetuating ageism in the society. Many at times, people in the society stereotype against the seniors because there are no regulations that deem such conducts as a wrongdoing. Therefore, enactment of legislations that classify ageism as a wrong doing that can lead to stiff penalties will lead to a subsequent reduction in the rates at which people stereotype the seniors.
The society is often guided by rules that tend to ensure peaceful co-existence in the society. Therefore, the proposed solution of enacting a legislation that protects against ageism will result in the development of regulations that guard against the vice. In fact, availability of such legislations will offer a platform in which the elderly populations can file suits against persons who stereotype and stigmatize them based on their age. It is evident that the society has failed to embrace the aging populations. This is the main reason as to why the elderly have and continues to lack an equal standing with the other populations across different contexts including the workplace (Leon-Guerrero, 2013). In conclusion, enactment of legislation that classify ageism as a misconduct and impose fines and law suits against those perpetuating it is the most practical solution that can be utilized to resolve this social problem.
Leon-Guerrero, A. (2013). Social Problems, Interactive eBook 4th Edition. London: Sage Publications, Inc.