Ageism Network

COVID-19 has affected people of all ages, in different ways. But beyond the impacts of the virus itself, some of the narratives about different age groups have exposed a deep and older malady: ageism. Older people have been often seen as uniformly frail and vulnerable, while younger people have been portrayed as invincible, or as reckless and irresponsible. Stereotyping (how we think), prejudice (how we feel) and discrimination (how we act) based on age, are not new; COVID-19 has amplified these harmful attitudes. (The Global Report on Ageism, WHO 2021)

Together with our membership GWT will host conversations around how intergenerational approaches can be used to address ageism. The network will meet 3 times each year inviting guests from across the globe to share their expertise knowledge and experience to guide us in identifying ways on how we can deliver programmes and initiatives which will reduce ageism for people from all ages especially the younger and older generations.

Future meetings:

  • Wednesday 22nd September, 10am – 12noonLet’s talk about Ageism

Join our conversation with guests from the University of the Third Age and members of the Youth Parliament to discuss how we can together change perceptions, stereotypes and reduce discrimination by connecting different generations through intergenerational interventions.

To register your place, please scroll below to the event section and click on the box.

  • Tuesday 2nd November, 10am – 11.30amGlobal report on Ageing

On 18th March, WHO launched the first Global Report on Ageism kicking 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.

Anyone 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.

Our guest speaker for this session is Dr Vania de la Fuente-Nunez from the World Health Organisation.

To register your place, please scroll below to the event section and click on the box.

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