Don't Let Stigma Spread Like a Virus

McMaster University
Description / Summary

In this blog post from the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, three main points are outlined:

  • There has been a strong trend towards stigmatization of older adults and intergenerational divisions since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Social stigma can undermine social cohesion, cause possible isolation of certain groups, and lead to more serious health problems and difficulty in controlling pandemics.
  • You can do your part to fight social stigma during the COVID-19 pandemic, by using the right terms to talk about older adults, spreading the facts about the virus, encouraging greater social cohesion, and supporting intergenerational solidarity.