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.
- 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 .