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Ageism is bias against, discrimination towards, or bullying towards individuals and groups on the basis of their age. The term was coined in 1969 by Robert Neil Butler to describe discrimination against older people, patterned on the terminology of sexism and racism.[4] Butler defined "ageism" as a combination of three connected elements. Originally it was identified chiefly towards older people, old age, and the aging process; discriminatory practices against older people; and institutional practices and policies that perpetuate stereotypes about elderly people.[5][6]