Mapping the contours of ageism in the Canadian public discourse and countering its impact on older adults
Ageism is a unique form of discrimination in that it can be relevant to all of us as we keep moving fromone age group to another. It is also complex as it can be expressed in hostile but also subtle ways.
EAPO in partnership with CNPEA co-hosted this event to provided a better understanding of how ageism is conveyed in the Canadian public discourse and address the social and economic impact of ageism on older adults. To do so, findings of a series of empirical studies conducted over the last three years were presented and discussed. These studies show the prevalence of compassionate ageism in the public discourse (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic) and restates the cost of ageism from a psychosocial and economic perspective.
Finally, the session explored ways of countering ageism, namely through intergenerational contact.
Associate Vice-President, Research Promotion & Development at the University of Ottawa / vice-rectrice associée à la promotion et au développement de la recherche en août 2018 pour un mandat de cinq ans
Resources from Webinar
Testing the Shielding Effect of Intergenerational Contact against Ageism in the Workplace: A Canadian Study
Research Paper – April 2022
A case study on ageism during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
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Canada HomeShare Program
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