older Americans, healthy life expectancy, professional ageism, genesis of ageism, human rights

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Social Work


Using the human rights approach, this chapter attempts to fundamentally understand more diverse, healthy, active, and unequal older Americans. It explores genesis of ageism and calls professionals to recognize and combat pervasive ageism in their own attitudes, emotion, beliefs, and behaviors as in the society and professional practice.

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This chapter is part of an in-progress open textbook, with the working title Anti-Ageism Social Work; Lihua Huang, Sally Pelon, and Scott Berlin, eds.

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