As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:
- Understand the tripartite model of ageism, including:
Cognitive dimension (stereotyping)
Affective dimension (attitudes and prejudices)
Behavioral dimension (discrimination)
- Define ageism in its various forms, including:
Explicit and implicit bias
Internalized and externalized ageism
Positive and negative bias
- Recognize our ethical obligation to prevent the harms of ageism in healthcare practice, including:
Overtreatment of older adults
Therapeutic nihilism toward older adults
Infantilization of older adults
- Identify ways to practice healthcare with the intention of providing age neutral-services.
About the Speaker
Jenny Inker teaches and conducts research in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Allied Health Professions Department of Gerontology. Her research interests include elderhood and disrupting ageism in healthcare and long-term care. A gerontologist, licensed assisted living facility administrator, and experienced leader in senior living and affordable housing environments, Jenny holds an MS in strategic management and housing from the University of Wales (Cardiff), an MBA from George Washington University, and a masters in gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She expects to receive her PhD in gerontology from the VCU School of Allied Health in 2018.