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  1. 1. © PALETTE 2016
  2. 2. “More training in geriatrics and gerontology is needed for health care providers in order to improve their attitudes toward and competencies for working with older people and their families.” 
 Hooyman & Kiyak (2008) © PALETTE 2016
  3. 3. Intergenerational Creative Arts • Launched in 2013 with visual arts • Expanded in 2015 
 to movement arts © PALETTE 2016
  4. 4. Community & University Partners • Geriatric Training and Education initiative administered by the Virginia Center on Aging • VCU Council for Community Engagement Funders • VCU Department of Gerontology • VCU School of Pharmacy • VCU Department of Dance & Choreography • VCU Department of Physical Therapy • VCU School of Social Work • VCU School of Dentistry • Senior Connections • Age Wave • Weinstein JCC • Visual Arts Center of Richmond © PALETTE 2016
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  6. 6. Structure of PALETTE Programs Student and senior volunteers partner to participate in: – 5 creative art classes – 1 cultural outing – 1 opening reception/final showcase Students and senior volunteers separately attend: – 1 orientation & training seminar – 1 reflection seminar © PALETTE 2016
  7. 7. AGEISM & STEREOTYPES OF AGING If you’ve met one older adult, then you’ve met one older adult! © PALETTE 2016
  8. 8. BE HONEST: HOW MANY OF THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED TO BE TRUE? • Older adults are often confused/don’t know what’s going on. • Older adults are lonely and unhappy with their lives. • Older adults are conservative and stuck in their ways. • Older adults are unable to adapt to change or learn new things. • Older adults have no interest in nor capability of engaging in sexual activity. © PALETTE 2016
  9. 9. Do you say “aaawww, isn’t she cute?” when you see an older woman doing something a younger person might do (e.g., kissing her partner, playing a game)?
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  10. 10. AGEISM & INFANTILIZING • How we treat older adults is influenced by social factors including personal assumptions, expectations, and fears about growing older • Infantilizing of older adults (“aww isn’t she cute?”) carries a negative connotation and devalues the individual • Most people believe that old age = physical disabilities, poor health, an inability to think clearly & quickly, and having a negative outlook on life • Research has shown that health care professionals are significantly more negative in their attitudes toward older patients than they are toward younger patients © PALETTE 2016
  11. 11. • Birthday card aisle • Anti-aging movement • Lack of positive images in ads & on TV • Demeaning language MANIFESTATION OF AGEISM IN SOCIETY © PALETTE 2016
  12. 12. • Businesses • State welfare funds • Human service professionals • Graduate education PERPETUATION OF AGEISM IN INSTITUTIONS © PALETTE 2016
  13. 13. HOW YOU CAN AVOID PROMOTING AGEISM • Recognize and explore your own feelings and attitudes toward aging Pay attention to the way you communicate with older adults • Correct ageist stereotyping Help others to understand the dangers of infantilizing older adults • Avoid using ageist terms and language They come up more often than we even realize! “little old lady” “over the hill” “one foot in the grave” © PALETTE 2016
  14. 14. Since its launch in 2013… • Over 170 older adults and interprofessional students engaged in PALETTE programs • Evaluation results show: • Improved students attitudes
 toward older adults and 
 aging • Decreased student aging 
 anxieties • PALETTE fostered an 
 environment for: – building strong intergenerational relationships – engaging older adults with their peers – highlighting the individualities of older adults – “giving older adults center-stage” © PALETTE 2016
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  21. 21. SOURCES • Chop, W. C., & Robnett, R. H. (1999). Gerontology for the health care professional (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis. • Cohen, G (2006). The creativity and aging study: The impact of professionally conducted cultural programs on older adults. NEA Final Report No 4-30-06. Washington, DC: National Endowment for the Arts. • The Gerontological Society of America (2012). Communicating with older adults: An evidence-based view of what really works. Retrieved December 12, 2013, from with-Older-Adults-low-Final.pdf • Grabinski, C. J. (2007). 101 careers in gerontology. New York: Springer Pub. • Hooyman, N. R., & Kiyak, H. A. (1988). Social gerontology: A multidisciplinary perspective. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. • Knowles, M. (1984). The Adult Learner: A Neglected Species (3rd Ed.). Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing. • National Alliance for Caregiving & AARP. (2004). Caregiving in the U.S. Washington, DC. • Projections of Future Growth of the Older Population. Retrieved from Administration on Aging website: Aging_Statistics/future_growth/future_growth.aspx • Reichstadt J, Sengupta G, Depp C. A, Palinkas L. A, Jeste D. V. (2010) Older adults’ perspectives on successful aging: Qualitative interviews. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry,18(7):567–575. • Robinson, Barry (1994). Curriculum module on aging. School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley. • US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging (2011). A profile of older americans: 2011. Retrieved from • Vincent, G. K., & Velkoff, V. A. (2010). THE NEXT FOUR DECADES: The older population in the United States: 2010 to 2050. Retrieved from US Census Bureau website: • Werner, C. A. (2011). The older population: 2010. Retrieved from US Census Bureau website: cen2010/briefs/c2010br-09.pdf © PALETTE 2016
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