Ageism is a widely prevalent and prejudicial attitude that stems from the assumption that age discrimination, and sometimes neglect and abuse of older persons is a social norm and therefore, acceptable.
It is a reality in some form in all societies, and finds expression in individuals’ attitudes, institutional and policy practices, as well as media representation that devalue and exclude older persons.
Such discrimination shapes how older persons are treated and perceived by their societies, including in medical settings and workplaces, creating environments that limit older persons’ potential and impact their health and well-being. The failure to tackle ageism undermines older persons’ rights and hinders their contributions to social, economic, cultural and political life.
Becoming elderly in Kyrgyzstan used to be considered a sign of wisdom and life experience.
However, elderly people have become an increasingly vulnerable category of the population in Kyrgyzstan nowadays. They are left behind by their relatives and live in extreme poverty due to the economic and social crisis in the country. They are struggling to meet basic needs such as food and medicine, electricity and clean water.
In Bishkek and five oblasts of Kyrgyzstan such as Chui, Issyk-Kul, Talas, Jalal-Abad and Batken, DCA together with five other organizations have been working towards changing these attitudes, practices and policies at all levels to ensure that elderly people in Kyrgyzstan live secured and with dignity and participate as citizens with full rights.