Activity 3 - How Do I Relate to Older Adults

Now let's look at how each of us relates to older adults. Take 5 minutes to complete this questionnaire. Read each statement and think about how often you have engaged in that behaviour: Never, Once or More Than Once. Again, don't over-think it. No one is going to see your answers.

Facts on Aging Quiz

More than once
  1. Compliment old people on how well they look, despite their age.
  2. Send brithday cards to old people because of their age.
  3. Enjoy conversations with old people because of their age.
  4. Tell old people jokes about old age.
  5. Hold doors open for old people because of their age.
  6. Tell an old person, "you're too old for that."
  7. Offer to help an old person across the street because of their age.
  8. When I find out an old person's age, I may say, "You don't look that old."
  9. Ask an old person advice because of their age.
  10. When an old person has an ailment, I may say, "that's normal at your age."
  11. When an old person can't remember something, I may say, "that's what they call a 'Senior Moment'."
  12. Talk louder or slower to old people because of their age.
  13. Use simple words when talking to old people.
  14. Ignore old people because of their age.
  15. Vote for an old person because of their age.
  16. Vote against an old person because of their age.
  17. Avoid old people because of their age.
  18. Avoid old people because they are cranky.
  19. When a slow driver is in front of me, I may think, "It must be an old person."
  20. Call an old woman, "young lady", or call an old man, "young man."


  • The purpose of this activity was to show how prevalent ageism is, even in our own lives.
  • Like other "isms", ageism is prejudice and discrimination against individuals or groups because of age.Unlike other "isms", however, ageism is something many of us will experience at some time in our lives.
  • Why does it matter? Research shows that negative stereotyping and ageist attitudes can harm the way we see ourselves and others as we get older.
  • Ageism is associated with poor self image, loneliness, and reduced civic engagement and more frequent help-seeking.
  • At a societal level, ageism can influence policies that, without intending harm, can marginalize older adults, pushing them aside, so we no longer benefit from their participation in society.

The attachment contains some basic information on Aging, Older Adults and Ageism that we encourage you to download and read .

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