Event Date: Jul 28, 2020
In this webinar, we will discuss age stereotypes and ageism from a number of perspectives. First, we will review how ageist portrayals of older people permeate the media. Second, we will present the content of age stereotypes and discuss how they lead to ageist behavior and how this can affect how older people view themselves. Last, we will touch upon implications for how people living with dementia are likely stigmatized and also suggest ways to mitigate age stereotypes and ageist behaviour.
Alison Chasteen, PhD, Professor and Graduate Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto
Dr. Alison Chasteen is a Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. She investigates stereotyping, prejudice, and stigma, both from the perceiver’s as well as the target’s perspective. A main focus of her research is on understanding the effects of age stereotypes and ageism on older people. She is a co-investigator on a project examining the implications of age stigma for hearing and cognitive health for Team 17 of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (https://ccna-ccnv.ca/theme-3-quality-of-life/
) as well as a member of the CCNA’s Social Inclusion and Stigma Group.
Sarah Fraser, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Sarah Fraser is an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Using a variety of methods, she investigates factors that influence cognitive aging. She is particularly interested in what goes on in the brain when people are multitasking and how tracking brain activity with portable technology might identify older adults at risk of cognitive decline. In addition, since stigma can influence health and cognitive decline, part of her program of research explores stereotypical perceptions of aging and their influence on older adults. She is currently the co-lead of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging: Social Inclusion and Stigma Group (https://ccna-ccnv.ca/social-inclusion-and-stigma/