Presented by Dr Peta Cook, Senior Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Tasmania.
Ageism – prejudice based in a set of ideas, attitudes and beliefs regarding chronological age
and the ageing process – is commonly experienced by older adults. These experiences
additionally emerge from negative social myths about older age which include standardised
judgements on personality, cognitive function, levels of social connections and integration,
and physical appearance and performance. Such myths are evidenced throughout society,
including healthcare provision. These can be potentially challenged through intergenerational
programs, which bring younger and older generations together. Evaluations of such
programs, however, have been limited. In addition, visual research methods have the
potential to challenge ageism by supporting older adults to represent and document their own
lives and ageing. Translating such work beyond academia and individual projects, has,
however, been limited. In this presentation, I will examine the ways in which ageism
manifests in society, medicine, and in healthcare, and suggest ways that we – as academics,
community groups, and individuals – can confront these attitudes. As part of this
presentation, I will include the community engagements I have explored in my own work.
Limited places available.
Hosted by the Wicking Dementia Education and Research Centre (College of Health and
Medicine) and the School of Social Sciences (College of Arts, Law, and Education),
University of Tasmania.