Age-based social categorisations are generally automatic, or made too quickly to be thoughtful and deliberate. However, the consequences for the experience of ageing can be long lasting. Language plays a significant role in helping to move our views about older people and ageing from one of 'problems' to 'possibilities and opportunities'. This topic challenges students to explore their own values and beliefs about ageing and older people, and to examine those beliefs and values in the context of the wider societal and care settings. The concept of ageism is the focus of discussion across many areas of everyday life and professional practice. Students will explore the language we use to talk about ageing and communicate with older people and how it influences their experiences of everyday life and support and/or care received.
This topic aims to prepare students to understand, be aware of and challenge ageism and enhance skills in engaging with older people in ways that supports personhood and generates the well-being of older people with whom they engage.