Q. Critically comment on the new phenomena of ageism being crept into mainstream society and the view that higher aged population to be more of a liability than an asset.

Why the question:

Key Demand of the question:

To understand the phenomena of age related stereotypes in the society especially in workspace.

Directive word:

Critically comment – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary. When ‘comment’ is prefixed, we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:


Define ageism and its associated features.


Mention by stating the present trend of more entrepreneurs, innovators & business leads from the younger generation, that the elder generation is often seen as slower, change-resistant, expensive, and ultimately even useless. Mention about the elderly being neglected in many aspects including in their own families and in public policies. Mention about the need to recognise the wisdom and expertise of the so-called aged populace.

Write about the steps that are needed in this regard.


Conclude by stating that we must have an inclusive approach to ensure a balanced, well-functioning society.