Sunday, 30 October 2011
Britain is a country in Europe whose old men suffer more from age discrimination than most of the others
An article in 'The Oserver' newspaper today was entitled :
UK among Europe's worst countries for ageism
Europe-wide survey reveals intergenerational gaps and the belief that old age starts at 59
The portrait of a divided Britain comes from the 'European Social Survey', a major piece of research which, every 2 years, takes into account the attitudes of 55,000 people across 28 countries.
It reveals that :
* Britain has one of the worst records in Europe on age discrimination, with nearly two out of five people claiming to have been shown a lack of respect because of how old they are.
* Only Russia, Ukraine, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have more people who feel they have been 'ignored' or 'patronised' because of ageism.
* In Britain, 64% of people believe ageism is a serious problem, compared with 44% for Europe as a whole and only in France, where 68% of people believe age discrimination is a 'very serious' or 'quite serious problem', are the figures more worrying.
* an intergenerational divide mean that 50% of the British do not have a single friend over the age 70 as opposed to only 33% of Portuguese, Swiss and Germans.
So where is it better to be an old man ?