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Scapegoating Older Adults – Ageism Rears its Ugly Head

Was Live Friday, July 15, 2022

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Julie Allen, Adjunct Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Dr. Allen was the lead researcher on the recent JAMA paper: “Experiences of Everyday Ageism and the Health of Older US Adults.” She will discuss the healthcare implications of ageism.
  • Dr. Louise Aronson, geriatrician, and professor of medicine at UCSF. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her book “Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life.” Dr. Aronson will discuss the disproportionate impact of ageism on women.
  • Paul Kleyman, national coordinator at Journalists Network on Generations, and editor of Generation Beats Online. Mr. Kleyman will discuss the impact of ageism in politics.
  • Trish D’Antonio, Vice President, Policy & Professional Affairs at The Gerontological Society of America.

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Event Description

Where are the Gray Panthers When We Need Them?

Everyday ageism – stereotyping or discriminating against people because of their age – looms large for people as young as 50. 93 percent of older adults say they have faced some form of age discrimination, reports the AARP News headlines question whether
President Biden is too old to run for a second term, and the mental health of Sen. Diane
Feinstein. Women disproportionately suffer from age-related bias, especially at the
workplace. Moreover, ageism has harmful healthcare impacts. Speakers this week will
discuss age-related bias, and its physical and mental impacts on older adults.

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