Aging and Professional Practice & Ageism in the media ( approximately 1000 words)

Outline your understanding of the concept of “Ageism” as it relates to older people.

Include the following:

1) a definition of ageism,

2) discussion of ageism in both it’s positive and negative forms

3) discussion of medical ageism

4) discussion of the potential impact of ageism on the wellbeing of older people

Include references to at least 3 academic texts ( supplied readings and/or refereed journal articles, text books) using correct APA style for citation and reference list.

5) Select two media items (advertisements, newspaper or magazine articles, TV ads or programs) which include representations of older people, one which you consider ageist and one which you don’t find ageist. For each item, briefly describe the content and analyse it in relation to ageism, showing the reasons for your conclusion as to whether or not it is ageist.

Recommended reading / resources
The following is a sample list of additional reading on topics introduced in this subject.

It is not required that you read all of these resources and you may wish to do your own literature searches to find further reading on the topics.

Berglund, C. (2004). Ethics for health care (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. (esp. Ch. 1.)

Bevan, C., & Jeeawody, B. (eds.) (1998). Successful ageing: Perspectives on health and social construction. Sydney: Mosby.

Borowski, A., Encel, S., & Ozanne, E. (2007). Longevity and social change in Australia. Sydney: UNSW Press.

Brechin, A., Walmsley, J., Katz, J., & Peace, S. (Eds.), (1998). Care matters: Concepts, practice and research in health and social care. London: Sage Publications.

Cruikshank, M. (2003). Learning to be old: Gender, culture and aging. Lanham, Md: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Drench, M., Noonan, A., Sharby, N., & Ventura, S. (2007). Psychosocial aspects of health care. (2nd ed.). New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc. (esp. Ch. 1.)

Fine, M., & Stevens, J. (1998). Innovation on the margins: Aged care policies in Bevan & Jeeawody (1998) Successful ageing: Perspectives on health and social construction. Sydney: Mosby.

Glasby, J., & Littlechild, R. (2004). The health and social care divide: The experiences of older people (2nd ed.). Bristol: Policy Press. (esp. Ch 2.)

Harper, S. (2006). Ageing societies: Myths, challenges and opportunities. London: Arnold.

Healey, J. (2004). The benefits of an ageing population. Discussion Paper number 63. Canberra: The Australia Institute. (full paper)

Hooyman & Kiyak (2005). Social gerontology: A multi-disciplinary perspective (7th ed.). Boston MA: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.

Karlawish, J., Quill, T., & Meier, D. (1999). A consensus based approach to providing palliative care to patients who lack decision-making capacity. Annals of Internal Medicine, 130(10), May 1999.

Koch, T. (2000). Age speaks for itself: Silent voices of the elderly. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Leser, D. (2006). Dames and divas: 21 extraordinary women. Sydney: Park St. Press.

McKenna, K., & Liddle, J. Educating Older Adults in McKenna, K., & Tooth, L. (2006). Client education: A partnership approach for health practitioners. Sydney: UNSW Press.

Miesen, B. (2004). Towards a psychology of dementia care: Awareness and intangible loss. In G. Jones & B. Miesen (Eds.), Care-giving in dementia: Research and applications, 3. Hove, E. Sussex: Brunner-Routledge.

Moody, H. (1998). The cost of autonomy, the price of paternalism. In R. Disch, R. Dobroff & H. Moody (Eds.), Dignity and old age. NY: The Haworth Press.

Morgan, L., & Kunkel, S. (2007). Aging, society and the life course. NY: Springer Publishing Co.

Neysmith, S. (Ed.). (1999). Critical issues: For future social work practice with ageing persons. NY: Columbia University Press.

Novak, M. (2006). Issues in aging. Boston, MA: Pearson Education.

Squire, A. (2002). Health and wellbeing for older people: Foundations for practice. Edinburgh: Bailliere Tindall. (esp. Ch. 3)

Weston, R., Qu, L., & Soriano, G. (2001). Ageing yet diverse: The changing shape of Australia’s population. Australian Family Briefing, (10), September 2001. Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Zubrzycki, J. (1999). The influence of the personal on the professional: A preliminary investigation of work and family issues for social workers. Australian Social Work, December 1999, 52(4), 11-16.

Additional resources
You are encouraged to make use of electronic resources. These must be cited and referenced as outlined in the information on APA referencing available through the library and other sources.

Useful electronic resources include:

Australian Department of Health and Ageing
Alzheimers Association of Australia
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Council on the Ageing- NSW


Council on the Ageing – Victoria


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