It is vital to combat ageism, for it is an obstacle to active ageing. Ageism is a form of discrimination based on chronological age or presumed age. One of the myths of ageing is that it’s too late to adopt an active lifestyle in the later years; it’s better to take it easy and make way for the young. On the contrary, older people benefit from maintaining or adopting healthy lifestyle habits and doing stimulating activities, be they paid, volunteer or recreational. Older people who are involved in the community or find ways to become involved continue to be useful or feel useful, develop their skills, avoid isolation and improve their self-esteem.