A Dysfunctional–Often Harmful–Mix and How to Fix It
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“Using his unique mix of professional, scientific and personal experience, Prof. Eglit provides an enlightening and novel analysis of both the legal and extra-legal ways to combat ageism. Without doubt, this book will become a milestone in the long-road of eliminating ageist speech and behavior.”

Prof. Israel Doron, LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D., Head, Department of Gerontology, University of Haifa;
Past President, Israel Association of Gerontology


“Howard Eglit has produced a monumental work built on a solid foundation of research. The book is a must read for those who want more information about the sources and impact of ageism and want to ‘combat the numerous ways in which speech is the pernicious mechanism for creating, maintaining, transmitting, and inflicting age bias.’”

Marilyn Hennessy, Trustee and former President,
The Retirement Research Foundation


“The insidious and pervasive language of old-ageism is rampant in American society, perhaps because it is not yet seen as politically incorrect in spite of the fact that it is a form of prejudice and discrimination. Mr. Eglit explore the ways in which words and language, the most basic form of communication, have the power to shape and distort attitudes and to reinforce and perpetuate old-ageism. He delves into the possibilities and probable outcomes of attempting to combat old-ageism through legal channels, noting from the outset the difficulties inherent in the protection afforded all citizens by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. He goes on to consider the routes and results of using extra-legal interventions to heighten sensitivity and awareness of the bigotry of old-ageism and the multi-generational damage it causes. This insightful work is a good and interesting read.”

Linda L. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Buehler Professor of Medicine
Director, Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine