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How Our Response to COVID Demonstrates America's Pervasive Ageism

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Watching the horrific number of nursing home deaths at the beginning of the pandemic and the selfish, toddler-esque tantrums of the anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers, one gets the feeling that this country doesn’t care about its elderly.

And they would be right. This shameful neglect pre-dates COVID and extends far beyond our borders, although Asian cultures’ deference to the elderly keeps ageism somewhat in check in places like Japan and Taiwan.

Why is our society ageist? My religion, Judaism, commands that we stand when an older person enters the room as a show of respect.

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