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Gerontology is multi-disciplinary with medical and biological scientists, social scientists, and even financial and economic scientists all studying the processes of aging from their discipline's point of view.
There are, in the United States, many who hold deeply held biases and prejudices against the elderly.
Ageism is the prejudice and discrimination against a person based on his/her chronological age. One may be prejudiced against another racial group, cultural or ethnic group, or religious group while never being at risk of becoming a member of that group.
And they tend to report higher levels of self-esteem than do younger members of society.
Because we tend to value youth, youthful appearance, and youthful-centered entertainment, biases appear in the US.
In Figure 2 below you can see that the oldest old, 85 years and older, is also growing rapidly.