Australian bishops speak out against 'ageism'
September 20, 2016
The Australian Catholic bishops' conference has issued a statement decrying "ageism" and calling for "renewed solidarity among generations, young and old."
The bishops' statement-- released in advance of Social Justice Sunday, which will be observed on September 25-- cited statistics showing that one-fourth of all Australians over the age of 50 report that they have been affected by discrimination based on age. They suggested allowing greater flexibility in the workplace to accommodate older people, as an alternative to automation.
The bishops said that many older people suffer from isolation, and others are subject to abuse, both from family members and in institutions. They warned about the "marketisation" of old-age care, saying: "It is not simply a business, and older people are not just another market."