The impact of aging, which is seen in North America, is mainly negative. It mainly states the lifetime illness, social exclusion, poor mental functioning and deteriorating physical health. The perception of the old people towards themselves is also very complex. There are various terms that are used interchangeably with some other terms related to ageism. These terms are older people, older adults, or aged people. The main of the author is explaining the impact of ageing or ageism on the health of people. This is mainly explained through various social perspectives, which explain that ageism is a social issue. There is a physical and cognitive decline that takes place with aging. With this decline can be seen through the results of stereotypes that ageism brings. The author considers that ageing stereotypes is pervasive in every culture and they also influence the view of the old people in the way they look themselves. Stereotypes and discrimination impact the mental and physical health of people, which increases the healthcare burden. The social life and emotional well being of old people are impacted through ageism, which in turn influence the quality and length of life.
Thus, ageism is a complex social issue that requires more comprehensive research and studies.This chapter states that ample of studies have been carried out that informs about the negative impact of ageism stereotypes. This kind of stereotypes mainly prevails in Western culture. This author also believes that western culture consider older people as forgetful and less capable of doing important things. Young and old people in the Western societies believe that older people have memory declines in old age and perform every task poorly in comparison to young people. The author also states that there are significant examples, where older people actively participate in society and also play significant roles. Ageism is again a complex issue, where some people consider that aging is related to decline of cognitive functioning; however, in federal justice system, senior and retired judges are engaged to take significant decision.