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Ageism What is ageism? Regarding to Wikipedia, Ageism, or age discrimination is stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups because of their age. Age discrimination refers to the actions taken to deny or limit opportunities to people on the basis of age. These are usually actions taken as a result of one’s ageist beliefs and attitudes. Ageism is a form of discrimination, which is based on someone's chronological age. Many people use this term specifically to refer to discrimination against older people, but ageism can strike people of all ages. Like other forms of discrimination, ageism can be extremely harmful, especially when it is viewed as culturally normal and acceptable. In some regions of the world, campaigns to fight ageism have been initiated in an attempt to educate people and stamp out ageism. Age discrimination occurs on both a personal and institutional level. On a personal level, an older person may be told that he or she is too old to engage in certain physical activities, like an informal game of basketball between friends and family. A younger person may be told they are too young to get a job or help move the dining room table. On an institutional level, there are policies and regulations in place that limit opportunities to people of certain ages and deny them to all others. The law, for instance, requires that all young persons must be at least 16 years old in order to obtain a driver’s license. There are also government regulations that determine when a worker may retire. But in this research, the main objective is not about how the military treat the issue of ageism, but our group will only focus on the future planning for the older people in the military that have been serve the country for almost 21 years in the army. This is…...

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