Mind Over Body: The Impact of Ageism on Health and Happiness
Studies have found a strong negative association between ageism—stereotyping or discrimination against those who are older—and the state of health and wellbeing of older patients. This negative impact is also found regarding ableism, in which individuals are defined as inferior based on their disabilities. Assumptions based on age and ability can lead to the under- or over-diagnosis and treatment of many conditions, and those who engage in self-ageism or self-ableism can be less likely to seek health care. This activity will provide an overview of the negative impacts of ageism and ableism on health, longevity, happiness, and the personal and professional aspects of individuals’ lives. It will also discuss the intersectionality of aging and ability status, and the varying effects these types of discrimination may have on individuals.
This activity is jointly provided by Optum Health Education and the Healthcare Transformation Team.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, PAs, psychologists, social workers, therapists, dietitians and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in learning about ageism.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Define ageism and ableism and identify their personal and professional impact on individuals.
- Describe the negative impacts of ageism on health, longevity and happiness.
- Discuss how the intersectional experience of aging can affect individuals differently.
Tracey Gendron, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Gerontology
Virginia Commonwealth University
About the presenter
Tracey Gendron, PhD, is an associate professor and chair of the department of gerontology and the executive director of the Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Gendron has master of science degrees in gerontology and psychology and a doctorate in developmental psychology. She is also the author of the book Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End It. Her research is focused on the language, expression, and perpetuation of ageism and aging anxiety, as well as on elderhood as a stage of development. Her personal and professional goal is to understand, raise awareness of, and disrupt the deeply embedded, normalized, and invisible ageism that is within us all.
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
Sandra Kraemer, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Program Director
Healthcare Transformation Team
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
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The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and the Healthcare Transformation Team. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-23-097-H04-P/T
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 enduring continuing education credits.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals. Check with your board to be sure.
Completion of this RD/DTR profession-specific or IPCE activity awards CPEUs (One IPCE credit=One CPEU).
If the activity is dietetics-related but not targeted to RDs or DTRs, CPEUs may be claimed which are commensurate with participation i contact hours (One 60 minute hour=1 CPEU).
RD's and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Performance indicator selection is at the learner's discretion.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
- 1.00 CDR - Dietitians
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