Do Interventions to Reduce Ageism Work? A Meta-Analysis Review Finds Promising Results

December 7, 2022
12 noon – 1:00 pm

Research has found a strong link between ageism (in the form of negative stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination toward older people) and harm to older adult physical and mental health, as well as a potential risk factor for elder abuse. Little is known about the effectiveness of strategies to reduce ageism.

Dr. David Burnes will share the findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis assessing the relative effects of different intervention types (education, intergenerational contact, and combined education/intergenerational contact) designed to reduce ageism among youths and adults. Findings indicate feasible and effective interventions to reduce ageism.

This presentation is offered in collaboration with Age Friendly Communities


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Dr. David Burnes

Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

Dr. Burnes holds a Canada Research Chair on Preventing the Mistreatment of Older Adults. Dr. Burnes completed a PhD at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City, concentrating in gerontology and advanced practice. His program of research focuses on issues related to elder abuse and ageism, including the development of basic science and interventions to prevent the mistreatment of older adults.
He has advised major international organizations on these topics, such as the World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health. He also advises different levels of government and non-profit organizations, such as state-level adult protective services programs, on the development and implementation of elder abuse support programs and prevention strategies.
Sheila Schuehlein
Sheila Schuehlein

Consultant, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario

Sheila is a gerontologist who has developed, facilitated and evaluated health promotion initiatives for over 25 years. In 2014, Sheila returned to school, graduating from Duke University and earning her medical board certification as an Integrative Health Coach.
Sheila was honoured to join the Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario team in July of 2016. She is passionate about enhancing the resilience of older adults, reducing the social isolation and vulnerabilities often associated with aging.
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