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  Ageism  |  Wikipedia.com
  Ageism (also spelled "agism") is stereotyping and discriminating against
  individuals or groups on the basis of their age. This may be casual or
  systematic. The term was coined in 1969 by Robert Neil Butler to describe
  discrimination against seniors, and patterned on sexism and racism. Butler
  defined "ageism" as a combination of three connected elements. Among
  them were prejudicial attitudes towards older people, old age, and the aging
  process; discriminatory practices against older people; and institutional
  practices and policies that perpetuate stereotypes about elderly people.
  While the term is used to name prejudice and discrimination against
  adolescents and children, including ignoring their ideas because they are too
  young, or assuming that they should behave in certain ways because of their
  age, the term is predominantly used in relation to the treatment of older
  people. Moreover, it has been pointed out that stigmatization does not only occur outside of the
  cohesively imagined group of the elderly but likewise, takes place within the stigmatized group itself.

     President Ronald Reagan defending his age, October 24, 1983 [Video]
    In being questioned about his age during the Presidential Debates, Ronald Reagan brought
     laughs from the audience including his opponent with a simple statement which included:
     "I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience."

    3 Powerful Reason to Hire Older Workers  |  Recruiter.com, Kazim Ladimeji                                     10/13/2015
    Usually when I write articles espousing the virtues of older workers, they tend to not receive
    as much attention as an article about millennials,  which makes me think they could do with
    some more coverage.
    As I write on this subject of older workers, I want to emphasize that I am pro-millennials, as
    I believe this generational grouping brings its own unique range of benefits to any
    organization they inhabit, such as vision, energy, ambition, ideas, flexibility, etc.
    However,  I wanted to bring into clear view some of the benefits that older workers can bring
    to your business, or any business, as part of an overall hiring strategy committed to
    anti-discrimination and diversity.

     5 Good Reasons to Hire Older Workers  |  Business Insider, Vivien Giang                                             08/01/2013
Older workers may not have the same tech-savvy of their younger colleagues, but they have
    years of experience you can't teach or replace. 
    During the economic recession, companies had smaller budgets, which led to "many people
    [getting] promoted into management positions with little experience. But a good worker
    doesn’t equate to an effective manager, and some promotions hurt office morale and led
    to high turnover," writes Donna Fuscaldo at Fox Business.
    [Side note: not all "tech-savvy" have the insight into problem-solving new challenges, just
                     the ones encountered in school. "The box" of less experience has them trapped.]  

    5 Reasons Employers Should Hire More Workers Over Age 50 
       |  US News & World Report,  Maryalene LaPonsie                                                                                                                     09/18/2015 
    If you’re Patricia Hochkins, you shorten your name to Pat, remove the dates from your
    résumé and then wow the hiring manager in the interview. Oh, and you get the job, too.
    “It’s all about experience,” says Hochkins, now a 68-year-old retiree living in Ellenton,
    Florida. “That’s the ticket.”
    Hochkins worked for decades as a manufacturing systems consultant, overseeing the
    implementation of new software and business processes for Fortune 100 companies. She
    was sidelined by health issues that required her to step out of the workforce but says if
    not for that, she would still be in a job today. She has plenty of experience being the
    oldest face in the office and is passionate about the value older Americans can bring to
    the workplace.
    Here are five reasons job experts say employers should make hiring workers over age
    50 a priority.

    6 Reasons to Hire Older, Out-of-Work Workers  |  Linkedin, Gail Miller                                      05/23/2016
    Age discrimination? Those of us in the staffing industry see our fair share. And although
    this bias is covert and unspoken, it is undeniable and certainly disconcerting.
    HR professionals, hiring managers, and the organizations they work for need to be more
    creative and thoughtful in utilizing 
talent of all ages to synergize the workplace. Ignoring
    or discarding the rich experience and wisdom of our aging work force may one day lead to
    large voids of expertise and skill across many industries and markets.
    When interviewing an older worker, those responsible for hiring should try changing their
mind-set and looking 
at these candidates with a fresh perspective. After all, gray-haired
    candidates bring a lifetime’s worth of skill and experience to the table.

    12 Benefits of Hiring Older Workers  |  Entrepreneur                                                                             09/20/2006 
    Employees. They're the one thing that businesses everywhere have a need for. And not
    just employees, but employees who are honest, responsible, dependable, loyal, focused,
    organized and mature.
    U.S. employers spends millions of man hours each year placing ads, prescreening and
    interviewing candidates, and hiring and training workers, only to find that many of the
    employees they hire work for them for just a few months only to decide they don't want
    to "just be a clerk anymore" or feel "something better's come along" as they work their
    way up the corporate ladder.
    Below are twelve reasons why hiring older workers can help you maintain a reliable,
    dedicated workforce and provide a significant cost savings for both the short and long term.