Addressing Ageism and Promoting Inclusivity | Lessons For Living | September 2023

Appreciate our uniqueness at every age

Come and learn more about what ageism is, how it impacts society, and ways to promote inclusivity in our communities. It is not uncommon for those living in the third stage of life to be categorized as the 55 or 60 plus group, which can subtly suggest that they are so similar they can be “lumped” together. This catchall approach implies that older people are more alike than different from each other, which is a stereotype. Generalizations or stereotypes can lead to ageism, or discrimination based on a person’s age. The truth is, we are all aging, but ageist attitudes influence how we think of others and even ourselves.

Attend our Workshop Addressing Ageism and Promoting Inclusivity

This workshop will be held at 10 AM on September 28.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Samantha McLain at slangley@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs. 

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