Ageism permeates perspectives on how we age, our value in society, and–ultimately–the development and execution of policy around services available to senior citizens to promote ageing with dignity in our communities of choice. Because of this, Care Watch critically examines the impact of ageism and how we can confront and diminish its effects in policy and practice.

What about ageism?

While apparently celebrating the many contributions of seniors each year during the month of June, senior citizens continue to experience age-based discrimination, neglect and abuse.  This bulletin invites readers to consider the many examples of ageism in everyday life (often hidden and sometimes unintentional), and take action to stop the use of language and practices that may perpetuate this form of discrimination and abuse.

Read the bulletin What’s the Story? What About Ageism?, June 2019

Identifying, naming and resisting ageism

We produced a series of 1-pagers on identifying, naming, and resisting ageism during the course of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded research project we participated in in collaboration with researchers at the University of Toronto (2012-2015).

Click on each image to download the 1-pager. Please use and share widely.

One-pager title "Ageism"

One-pager titled "What's in a Name"

One-pager titled "Passing"; passing for a younger age

One-pager titled "Supportive Homecare"