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Robert N. Butler

Butler gave aging a good name in America

In his lifetime, Robert N. Butler wore a lot of hats: physician, gerontologist, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, founding director of the federal government's National Institute on Aging. But perhaps Butler's biggest impact on the lives of older Americans was his coining of the term "ageism." He used it to describe prejudice, discrimination and abuses committed against the elderly in a 1969 article that he wrote for The Gerontologist, a medical journal. … Back to Article

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