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Confronting ageism in society and in medicine: What can be done?


Cook, PS, Confronting ageism in society and in medicine: What can be done?, CSRH Seminar Series, 28 August 2018, University of New South Wales (2018) [Keynote Presentation]

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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 beyond individual projects, has, however, been limited.

In this presentation, I will examine the subtle and not so subtle ways in which ageism manifests in society and in medicine. I will also explore how my visual research project with older people, Reclaiming the Self, has been taken up in non-academic contexts, discussing both the productive and challenging aspects of undertaking such community outreach.

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Item Type:Keynote Presentation
Keywords:ageing, age-friendly cities, ageism, intergenerational relations, intergenerational projects, community based research, participatory action research
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Cook, PS (Dr Peta Cook)
ID Code:128200
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-09-07
Last Modified:2018-09-10

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