Intergenerational Conversations on Ageism
Ageism—the stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age—is pervasive! It can be directed at younger people and older people. It can also show up in our own self-beliefs, which is called internalized ageism. Ultimately, it reduces opportunities and diminishes us all.
The good news? Research shows education and intergenerational connections are effective methods for reducing ageism. When we come together to share our perspectives, our attitudes shift about age and people of different ages. We can discover what we have in common. We can all participate in reducing our biases and take concrete steps in our lives to reduce ageism.
When we first launched our on the same pAGE intergenerational campaign in 2019, we reached people across the U.S. and in 23 countries outside the U.S.! Our motivation to develop an intergenerational toolkit came from the success of these conversations between older and younger people sharing stories about their experiences with ageism. Bringing people of all ages together to discuss their experiences with aging and ageism is an opportunity to find common ground.
Host Your Own Intergenerational Conversation
We invite you to conduct an intergenerational conversation with colleagues, friends or family. This is an engaging opportunity for everyone to learn about ageism. Our toolkit shares a sample agenda, sample discussions, and email invitations for hosting your own conversation. Download the facilitator toolkit.
Watch the PBS12 Series: on the same pAGE
We were excited to partner with PBS12 in 2020 to produce a series of facilitated intergenerational conversations on a range of topics including health equity, technology, the arts and the future of work. Participants came from a range of ages, as well as a range of experiences and identities. Watch the recordings of a diverse range of expert panelists.