Tracey Gendron

Associate Professor, Department of Gerontology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Jennifer Nichols

Senior Associate, Learning Team, FrameWorks Institute

As aging services professionals, we respect the wisdom and experience that comes with age. Yet, elders and their advocates encounter barriers daily. Like racism or sexism, ageism is evident in countless aspects of our lives. This half-day program will delve into the many ways ageism manifests itself in our work and how taking steps toward LeadingAge’s aspirational vision, an America freed from ageism, will address rubber meets the road challenges of day-to-day operations. 

  • Consider why the shared experience of aging means we all have a vested interest in creating a society that respects individuals throughout the lifespan. 
  • Explore current research on ageism and common public perceptions of older adults. 
  • Discuss ways to reframe the way you think and communicate about aging.