Fear of ageing 'shortens your life' https://www.thelocal.ch/20160930/un-fear-of-ageing-shortens-your-life In a first-of-its-kind survey released by the Geneva-based World Health Organization, 60 percent of respondents said they believed older people "were not respected." Attitudes towards older people were more negative in richer countries, according to the data from more than 83,000 respondents, who were 18 years of age and older in 57 countries. The data confirms "that ageism is extremely common," said John Beard, WHO's head of Ageing and Life Course. He warned that discriminatory and negative views about older people can have sweeping consequences, including for younger people. "There is very good evidence that people who have negative views of themselves as they grow older... it shortens their lives," Beard told reporters. WHO cited recently published research indicating that "people who hold negative views about their own ageing, do not recover as well from disability and live on average 7.5 years less than people with positive attitudes."