Ageism and Mistreatment of Older Workers

Current Reality, Future Solutions

  • Patricia Brownell
  • James J. Kelly

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Understanding Mistreatment of Older Workers: A Human Rights Perspective and Conceptual Framework

  3. Current Reality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Amy Blackstone
      Pages 31-47
  4. Future Solutions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 181-188

About this book


This book promotes an understanding of ageism, discrimination and mistreatment of older adult workers, incorporating an international human rights perspective. The impact of ageism on the mistreatment of older adult workers has not to date been examined in depth through the lens of international human rights instruments, nor has discrimination against older adults in the workplace been framed as a form of elder abuse for research and policy making purposes.

This book presents a multi-disciplinary exploration of these themes as they affect work and retirement of older adults. It reflects the view that older people who choose to work into old age should be able to do so in enabling work environments that promote dignity and are free of abuse.

The contributing authors come from many disciplines, including law, psychology, social work, business, and international affairs. Many are members of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), a non-governmental organization with consultative status at the United Nations, and have devoted their professional careers to increase awareness and understanding of elder abuse in order to prevent it. The editors hope that broadening the framework within which elder abuse in the workplace is understood will stimulate further research, policy and program development to address this troubling social problem.


Ageism in the Workplace Counseling older workers Discrimination against older adults in the workplace Discrimination and mistreatment Elder abuse in the workplace Elder mistreatment Harassment of older workers Human rights of older persons International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse(INPEA) International gerontology International human rights Legal and Legislative issues in protecting older workers Older adult workers Retirement as systematic ageism Retirement of older adults Supportive workplace environments Understanding of ageism United Nations Work environments

Editors and affiliations

  • Patricia Brownell
    • 1
  • James J. Kelly
    • 2
  1. 1., Graduate School Social ServiceFordhan UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2., Office of the Provost and Executive ViceMenlo CollegeAthertonUSA

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