May is Older Americans Month. This year's theme is Age Out Loud. The theme aims to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say.
Unfortunately, stereotypes about older adults and what it means to age persist. Ageism continues to be a problem that seniors face in a lot of areas of their lives. From direct discrimination in the workforce and healthcare to ageist portrayals of seniors in the media, ageism can impact the lives of seniors in real ways.
Here are a few things that we are reading this month that shine a light on ageism.
Psychologists Susan Fiske and Michael North have conducted research on ageism and understanding what causes intergenerational tensions.
The author, who is 93, talks about her experiences with ageism, why ageism is internalized in older adults, and how internalized ageism can impact seniors.
As the Baby Boomer population gets older, ageism in the workforce continues to be an issue for older workers.
Ageism effects the way older adults are treated in our healthcare system. Dr. Karin Ouchida and Dr. Mark Lam offer ways to address the problem.
Age discrimination exists even in aging services. LeadAge suggests that taking a person-centered approach can help combat ageism.
H.O.M.E. is committed to helping seniors maintain their independence and remain engaged in their communities. Our person-centered approach is an important part of the way we deliver our services. We agree with LeadingAge when they say:
"Those who are committed to person centered care should be particularly willing to embrace this call. Rejecting assumptions based on categories and doing the hard work of knowing each person we serve as a complex and unique individual is at the very heart of person centered care."
We see seniors living boldly and independently each day, and we are here to help them do just that. Throughout the month on Facebook and Twitter, we will be highlighting our clients and how are services help them #AgeOutLoud. Follow us to to see more!
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