With good reason, the topic of ageism has been front and center lately—especially how it impacts health care delivery and our economy in a negative way. In fact, one recent study found the annual cost of ageism to reach $63 billion.
One upcoming virtual lunch and learn hopes to raise awareness about ageism and its harmful impact on the health and quality of life of our older adults. The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence has joined with Changing the Narrative to present “Lunch and Learn about Age-Friendly Healthcare” on Wednesday, June 1 at noon (MDT) for a one-hour presentation about action steps caregivers, consumers and providers can take to make health care in the U.S. more age-friendly.
“Our intent? To increase awareness about ageism among health care professionals and others who work with older adults,” the organization writes, “and activate consumers to advocate for ourselves and for system changes.”
The interactive session hopes to not only raise awareness of ageism and the negative impact on health, but also motivate caregivers and the public to continue the conversation in their communities. Participants will also learn practical tactics they can use to improve their next interaction with a health care professional or institution.
The event is free, but registration is required. Anyone who registers will receive a Zoom link ahead of the event to use.
Changing the Narrative is an organization working “to change the way people think, talk and act about aging and ageism.” The group partnered with the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, an organization focused on the nursing workforce that provides education and coaching to strengthen the nursing and medical community, and to “develop and implement innovative solutions to emerging health care challenges.”