Ageism Concerns In an Ageing Population

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the majority of people are oblivious to the stereotypes they have regarding older adults. Despite this, a large survey of 83,000 people in 57 countries exemplified that 60% of participants felt older people were disrespected.

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Reflect for a moment on how you perceive older people and ageing. Are your thoughts mostly positive, or are they negative? Why do you think of older adults and the ageing process the way that you do? Does this affect the way that you can provide nursing care to older people?


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Madeline Gilkes
Madeline Gilkes, CDE, RN, is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She focused her Master of Healthcare Leadership research project on health coaching for long-term weight loss in obese adults. Madeline has found a passion for preventative nursing. She has transitioned from leadership roles (CNS Gerontology & Education, Clinical Facilitator) in the acute/hospital setting to education management and primary healthcare. Madeline’s vision is to implement lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat chronic conditions. Her research proposal for her PhD involves Lifestyle Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Madeline is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) and primarily works in the academic role of Head of Nursing. Madeline’s philosophy focuses on using humanistic management, adult learning theories/evidence and self-efficacy theories and interventions to promote positive learning environments. In addition to her Master of Healthcare Leadership, Madeline has a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education & Management, Graduate Certificate in Adult & Vocational Education, Graduate Certificate of Aged Care Nursing, and a Bachelor of Nursing. She is working towards her PhD.
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Tara Amory
22 May 2021
Good read
Andrea Emerson
01 Nov 2020
Very interesting - we need to be made aware of these stereotypes we create.
Karen Nolan
28 Mar 2023
Registered Nurse
I thought this resource was well researched and easy to read. It provided valuable information that I feel will help me with my nursing care of the older person
Limor Weingarten
30 Jan 2023
Registered Nurse
Perfect for my study topic, myths about older people on ageing
Melinda Kelly-Hamilton
30 Aug 2021
Paul Carroll
14 Jan 2021
a good short article
Sandra Donaldson
24 Jan 2021
good resource
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