Network Meeting - Global Report on Ageism

Tuesday 2nd November 2021, 10:00am - 11:30am

On 18th March WHO launched the first Global Report on Ageism and kicked off a global conversation on #Ageism. Ageism leads to poorer health, social isolation, earlier deaths and cost economies billions: report calls for swift action to implement effective anti-ageism strategies. The response to control the COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled just how widespread ageism is – older and younger people have been stereotyped in public discourse and on social media. In some contexts, age has been used as the sole criterion for access to medical care, lifesaving therapies and for physical isolation.

Everyone can start a conversation about ageism, no matter where they are. Ageism is something that can be unconscious, but we all act in some way towards others according to age, whether that is at work or play, it can also affect our health and well being. By looking through an intergenerational lens we can together openly discuss the implications and challenges ageism has on individuals and communities and how in the connecting of different ages we can bring greater understanding and respect. We hope that this session will contribute towards creating #AWorld4AllAges by:

Challenging assumptions and attitudes
Holding open conversations in our own spaces
Tapping into the potential of everyone across generations

Our guest speaker Dr Vânia de la Fuente-Núñez Technical Officer, Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing Unit, World Health Organization will share key elements of the report and of WHO’s work. There will be an opportunity to ask questions in the Q & A section. GWT will then invite participants to continue the conversation in break out rooms to discuss your own ideas of how intergenerational interventions can lead to combating ageism.

Further reading
• The Global campaign to combat ageism is an initiative supported by WHO’s 194 Member States which aims to change how we all think, feel and act towards age and ageing in order to create a world for all ages. The Global campaign to combat ageism is also an integral part of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing.

UN Decade of Healthy Ageing 2021- 2030 is a global collaboration, aligned with the last ten years of the Sustainable Development Goals, that brings together governments, civil society, international agencies, professionals, academia, the media, and the private sector to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live

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