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The Four Types of Ageism: An Ageist Society Cannot Be An Age Friendly One

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Modlin Center for the Arts, Alice Jepson Theatre
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
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A recent survey of people over 60 found that nearly 80 percent of respondents reported experiencing ageism. Typical examples included episodes in which others had assumed the presence of memory or physical impairments simply because of a person's age. Thirty-one percent reported being ignored or not taken seriously because of their age. The survey's author, Duke University's Erdman Palmore, found that the most frequent type of ageism — reported by 58 percent of respondents — was being told a joke that pokes fun at older people.

Does this matter? Yes, it does. Ageism compromises the health and wellbeing of older adults. Ageism strips our communities of multigenerational engagement and reciprocity. Ageism diminishes the ability of older people to experience the richness and meaning of life after adulthood — elderhood. Dr. Bill Thomas will take us on a journey where we learn about the four types of ageism and explore how to develop communities that are free to rebalance, redesign and rediscover community living that embraces the exquisite arc of life that stretches from birth to adulthood and beyond to elderhood.

Dr. Bill Thomas, author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician, expert on ageing, will be our keynote speaker.

This event is supported by the Genworth Foundation.

This event is free and open to the public; free online registration required. This lecture is made possible for the Osher Institute by a generous grant from The Regirer Foundation and is part of the Osher Series on Aging Well.

Osher members should register themselves and their guests using the Osher online registration portal.

Contact: Debra Guild, Administrative Assistant, Osher Institute, (804) 287-6608