Lets talk some more about ageism

Tuesday 25th January 2022, 10:00am - 11:30am

We are happy to announce our 4th session on the topic ageism and intergenerational interventions. We want to focus on human rights for all ages through intergenerational practice promoting a life course approach and intergenerational cooperation which is one way that we can work towards combatting ageism. This session aims to keep the conversation about ageism going to help us acknowledge that there are myths and stereotypes —whether at home, at work, in the classroom, or in the policy-making space. Ageism is present in the way we think, feel and act towards others and ourselves according to age, whether we are conscious of it or not. It is everywhere, in our institutions, relationships and ourselves.

Ageism is everywhere
Globally, one in two people are ageist against older people, and, in Europe, ageism is more prevalent against younger than older people.
Ageism exists in our institutions, our relationships and ourselves.
Ageism intersects and exacerbates other forms of disadvantage, including those related to sex, race and disability.

Ageism is harmful
Ageism has far-reaching impacts on all aspects of our health and wellbeing when we’re older.
It is associated with earlier death, linked to poorer physical and mental health, including the onset of depression, increases risky health behaviour (e.g. eating an unhealthy diet, smoking), is associated with a lower quality of life, it increases social isolation and loneliness.
The way we think about our own ageing will impact our health and wellbeing when we’re older.
Ageism takes a heavy economic toll on individuals and society.

Ageism can be combatted
Policy and law can address discrimination and inequality on the basis of age and protect the human rights of everyone, everywhere.
Educational activities can transmit knowledge and skills and enhance empathy and understanding about ageing.
Intergenerational interventions can contribute to the mutual understanding and cooperation of different generations.

This session will explore the characteristics of ageism and challenging assumptions and attitudes is a big step towards happy health communities of all ages and places to feel safe to grow up and grow old in.

Guest Speaker TBC

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