Edmonton is a community that values, respects and actively supports the safety, diversity and well-being of seniors.
This workshop is a foundational step in meeting two key goals:
- Seniors are treated with respect.
- Seniors have opportunities to participate in, and be engaged by, their communities.
The workshop is designed to raise awareness of how our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours towards aging and older adults can contribute to ageism in our society. Although ageism is a serious topic, there is no blaming or finger-pointing. We want this workshop to be fun!
All activities are simple, clearly presented and supported by appropriate handout materials. Your own life experiences and openness to learning is all you need for a successful workshop. Through comfortable, interesting and engaging activities, participants will have the opportunity to apply new ways of thinking and acting. At the end, all will be invited to become champions for change in their own families, organizations and communities.
On behalf of the Respect and Inclusion Working Group of Age Friendly Edmonton, thank you! By taking this workshop, you are helping to make Edmonton an age-friendly city where people of all ages are able to flourish.
About the workshop
It should take about 90 minutes to complete. You can come back at any time to pick up where you leave off. At the beginning and end of the workshop you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire. This is to give us some indication of how your mindset has changed after taking the workshop. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify the difference between common stereotypes and actual facts about aging and older adults.
- Identify their own ageist attitudes and behaviours and those that are common in society.
- Assess their own behaviour with respect to older adults and be able to describe it as either ageist or respectful and inclusive.
- Make behavioural choices that are more respectful and inclusive of other adults.
- Commit to taking action in their personal, family and work life to promote greater respect and inclusion for older adults.