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Ageism DEC 9 FINAL.wmv
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Older people have been subject since the beginning of recorded history to demeaning satire about their physical appearance, mental capacity and jaundiced personality. It was not until 1969, however, that Dr. Robert Butler gave the prejudice against age a name—ageism. Academics, policymakers, and advocates ever since have waged a war on this prejudice, but there have been few victories. Older adults, like young people, generally perceive the coming of age as a time of decline, loss and isolation. Despite educational initiatives and anti-discriminatory laws, Baby Boomers (who earlier in life mistrusted anyone older than 30) are entering later life chilled by undercurrents of disdain and disesteem. Just as racism, sexism, homophobia and other prejudices have been taking on new shapes and impacts in the last half-century, so, too, the faces of “the new ageism” have been transformed by demography, the political economy and alterations in cultural mores. Andy Achenbaum attempts to galvanize Baby Boomers in the fight against ageism, as it suggests fresh strategies for rising generations to deploy. PLEASE NOTE: CEUs for this event are no longer available.  Please find the download for the slides for this webinar here: http://tinyurl.com/zvulnhp
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