A viewpoint on combatting ageism in the western pacific region

Liat Ayalon, Senjooti Roy

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The present viewpoint examines the manifestation of ageism, defined as stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination towards people because of their age, in the Western Pacific region. Research is still equivocal concerning the nature of ageism in the Western Pacific region, especially in East and South-East Asia (e.g., Eastern countries). There has been plenty of research to support as well as question the general notion of Eastern cultures and countries as being less ageist compared to Western cultures and countries at individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels. Although varied theoretical explanations have aimed to explain East-West differences in ageism such as the modernization theory, the pace of population aging, the proportion of older people in the country, cultural hypothesis, and GATEism, none of these theories fully accounts for the mixed findings. As such, it is safe to conclude that targeting ageism should be an important step in ensuring a world for all ages in Western Pacific countries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100593
JournalThe Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

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  • Age discrimination
  • Ageism
  • Asia
  • Cross-cultural
  • Filial piety
  • Western Pacific


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