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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.

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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.