Looking at Ageism through an Intergenerational Lens

Thursday 15th September 2022, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

The age profile in Scotland is rapidly changing and the older population is increasing faster than in other parts of the UK. The country’s overall population is projected to increase from 5.3 million to 5.7 million by 2039 – with an 85% increase in those aged 75+ University of Stirling Despite these profound changes ageism is still widespread. A UK report, “Doddery but Dear(external)”: https://ageing-better.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Doddery-but-dear.pdf by the Centre for Ageing Better highlight that one in three older people experience age prejudice or age discrimination.

Scotland’s Year of Young People (2018) was a global first in the national events programme co-designed by young people to celebrate their achievements and contributions and to challenge the stereotypes that they face. The year opened avenues to build trust and respect across the age spectrum to creating a foundation in opportunities in intergenerational work.

Ageism can affect how we think and feel about people we perceive to be ‘young’ or ‘old’ and how we feel about our own ageing process. Negative attitudes about age and about getting older are widely present in our communities and affect how we look at our ageing and older people.

‘Ageism is the assumption that a persons age can tell you almost everything about them.’ This can affect people to the extent that it is like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Stereotypical images present pictures of older people who are:
Socially isolated.
Living with physical or mental ill health.
Unable to take part in physical activity.
Being an economic burden on society.
Stereotypical images present pictures of young people who are:

Binge drinkers. All of them drink too much.
Gravitating towards annoying activities for example BMX’s and skateboarding.
Loud and hang around street corners.
Lazy and can’t be bothered.

This session will explore ageism through an intergenerational lens looking at how stereotypes affect us all, young and old and how we can challenge ageism.

Guest speaker TBC

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