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Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism

  • This open access book provides a comprehensive perspective on current developments in the field of ageism

  • Represents a cross-national and multi-disciplinary collaboration

  • Describes all aspects of ageism from its origins to its consequences

Part of the book series: International Perspectives on Aging (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 19)

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Table of contents (32 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxx
  2. Introduction to the Section: Ageism—Concept and Origins

    • Liat Ayalon, Clemens Tesch-Römer
    Pages 1-10Open Access
  3. Ageism: The Relationship between Age Stereotypes and Age Discrimination

    • Peggy Voss, Ehud Bodner, Klaus Rothermund
    Pages 11-31Open Access
  4. Multiple Marginalizations Based on Age: Gendered Ageism and Beyond

    • Clary Krekula, Pirjo Nikander, Monika Wilińska
    Pages 33-50Open Access
  5. Origins of Ageism at the Individual Level

    • Sagit Lev, Susanne Wurm, Liat Ayalon
    Pages 51-72Open Access
  6. Work Environment and the Origin of Ageism

    • Laura Naegele, Wouter De Tavernier, Moritz Hess
    Pages 73-90Open Access
  7. Ageism and Age Discrimination in the Labour Market: A Macrostructural Perspective

    • Justyna Stypińska, Pirjo Nikander
    Pages 91-108Open Access
  8. Introduction to the Section: On the Manifestations and Consequences of Ageism

    • Liat Ayalon, Clemens Tesch-Römer
    Pages 109-114Open Access
  9. Ageism in the Third Age

    • Angela Kydd, Anne Fleming, Sue Gardner, Trish Hafford-Letchfield
    Pages 115-130Open Access
  10. Pathways from Ageism to Loneliness

    • Sharon Shiovitz-Ezra, Jonathan Shemesh, Mary McDonnell/Naughton
    Pages 131-147Open Access
  11. Ageism and Sexuality

    • Ateret Gewirtz-Meydan, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Yael Benyamini, Amanda Phelan, Jeanne Jackson, Liat Ayalon
    Pages 149-162Open Access
  12. Visual Ageism in the Media

    • Eugène Loos, Loredana Ivan
    Pages 163-176Open Access
  13. Ageism and Older Immigrants

    • Pnina Dolberg, Sigurveig H. Sigurðardóttir, Ursula Trummer
    Pages 177-191Open Access
  14. Ageism in the Health Care System: Providers, Patients, and Systems

    • Mary F. Wyman, Sharon Shiovitz-Ezra, Jürgen Bengel
    Pages 193-212Open Access
  15. Ageism in Medication Use in Older Patients

    • Daniela Fialová, Ingrid Kummer, Margita Držaić, Marcel Leppee
    Pages 213-240Open Access
  16. Ageism in Mental Health Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults

    • Ehud Bodner, Yuval Palgi, Mary F. Wyman
    Pages 241-262Open Access
  17. Ageism and Dementia

    • Simon Chester Evans
    Pages 263-275Open Access
  18. Ageism and Neuropsychological Tests

    • Boaz M. Ben-David, Gali Malkin, Hadas Erel
    Pages 277-297Open Access
  19. Introduction to the Section: Against Ageism

    • Liat Ayalon, Clemens Tesch-Römer
    Pages 299-301Open Access
  20. Ageism and Anti-Ageism in the Legal System: A Review of Key Themes

    • Israel (Issi) Doron, Ann Numhauser-Henning, Benny Spanier, Nena Georgantzi, Eugenio Mantovani
    Pages 303-319Open Access

About this book

This open access book provides a comprehensive perspective on the concept of ageism, its origins, the manifestation and consequences of ageism, as well as ways to respond to and research ageism. The book represents a collaborative effort of researchers from over 20 countries and a variety of disciplines, including, psychology, sociology, gerontology, geriatrics, pharmacology, law, geography, design, engineering, policy and media studies. The contributors have collaborated to produce a truly stimulating and educating book on ageism which brings a clear overview of the state of the art in the field. The book serves as a catalyst to generate research, policy and public interest in the field of ageism and to reconstruct the image of old age and will be of interest to researchers and students in gerontology and geriatrics.


  • Older adults outnumbering children
  • Gerontology/geriatrics
  • Aging world population
  • The study of ageism
  • Ageism is the most prevalent form of discrimination
  • Open access


“Ayalon and Tesch-Römer’s edited volume takes a social science approach to meticulously examine ageism from various points of view. … The goals for the book include uncovering the origins and manifestations of ageism, to better understand how often and in what situations ageism occurs, and reviewing research designs and interventions that may be effective in countering ageism in a variety of settings and sectors.” (Kate de Medeiros, The Gerontologist, April 13, 2019)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

    Liat Ayalon

  • German Centre of Gerontology, Berlin, Germany

    Clemens Tesch-Römer

About the editors

Prof. Liat Ayalon is a clinical geropsychologist and a researcher at Bar Ilan University, Israel. She is the author of over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. She is the chair of an EU funded COST Action on ageism (IS1402;, which has more than 200 international members from 35 countries. She is also a member of the Israel Young Academy and the Global Young Academy. She is the recipient of several international awards, including an award from the American Geriatrics Society, the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology and from the University of Michigan. Her research concerns the health and wellbeing of older adults and the people who care for them with a particular focus on age discrimination.  

Prof. Dr. Clemens Tesch-Roemer is a psychologist, director of the German Centre of Gerontology in Berlin (Deutsches Zentrum fuer Altersfragen, DZA) and adjunct professor at the Free University of Berlin. Since 1998 he has been member of the Expert Committees for the German Federal Government for reporting on the life situation of the elderly in Germany. Current research interests: Quality of life and well-being in old age, health and health behavior, social relations and social integration of older persons, intergenerational family solidarity and societal solidarity, comparative ageing research. He currently is (and has been in the past) principal investigator of European and German surveys and research networks: COST Network 1402 “Ageism” (since 2014), German Ageing Survey (DEAS, since 2001), German Volunteering Survey (FWS, since 2012), Autonomy Despite Multimorbidity (AMA, 2008-2013), Old Age and Autonomy: The Role of Service Systems and Intergenerational Family Solidarity (OASIS, 2000-2003).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism

  • Editors: Liat Ayalon, Clemens Tesch-Römer

  • Series Title: International Perspectives on Aging

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-73819-2Published: 31 May 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-08862-0Published: 22 December 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-73820-8Published: 22 May 2018

  • Series ISSN: 2197-5841

  • Series E-ISSN: 2197-585X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXX, 564

  • Number of Illustrations: 12 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Ageing, Geriatrics

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)