因此，年龄歧视被认为是一个社会问题。然而，也有学者认为，除了年龄歧视和刻板印象的负面影响，还有“积极的年龄歧视”，这意味着幸福和智慧。积极的年龄歧视可以从住房项目、退税、折扣等方面体现出来。本文的主要目的是介绍年龄刻板印象对老年人健康的影响。作者指出，与年龄相关的刻板印象增加了人们身体和心理健康的负面结果。老年人的全面幸福和生活质量受到年龄歧视的威胁。这最终增加了与卫生有关的问题的负担，并成为社会的一个社会问题。与年龄歧视有关的刻板印象对老年人的态度、生活、行为和整体健康产生了制约作用。作者认为，在西方文化中，老化是一个非常复杂的过程(Horton, Baker， & Deakin 2007: 1021)。
The author defines age as a social category, where every person is going to enter. Though ageism is a very significant social issue, still this topic is under-researched in the social psychology. The author found that there is gap between the researches on two main subjects. The first is how rapidly ageing population accommodate in society and the second is how society accommodates the aged population. The author also signifies that ageism is equivalent to racism and sexism. Many research studies have focused on age based prejudices that made ageism a social issue. The author states that despite of being salience, ageism is an interpersonal judgment. There is a lack of research studies on the given topic, still it would not be wrong to say that age based discriminating reduces the quality of life of the aged population. Such discriminations and prejudices may have long term or short term consequences in the life of elderly people. The discrimination can be understood as the lack of social and economic opportunities, damaging the self-esteem of the individual, and increased physical health problems, are some of the negative consequences of ageism (Nelson 2009).
Thus, ageism is considered as a social issue. However, some of the scholars believe that apart from negative consequences of ageism and stereotyping, there is also ‘positive ageism, which signifies happiness and wisdom. The positive ageism can be seen through housing programs, tax rebates, discounts etc. The main purpose of the article is to present the impact of age stereotypes on the health of aged people. The author states that age related stereotypes increases the negative physical and mental health outcomes in people. The over-all well being and quality of life of aged people is risked through ageism. This eventually increases the burden of health related problems and poses as a social issue in the society. The stereotypes related to ageism gives constraining effects on the attitude, life, actions and holistic health of elderly population. Author considers that aging is a very complex process in the Western cultures (Horton, Baker, & Deakin 2007: 1021).