Past Free Webinar: Ageism in Health Care: 72 is NOT a Diagnosis, October 17, 2018

By: Phyllis A. Greenberg, PhD, MPA

Handout – Ageism in Health Care

This webinar will explore what value, if any, there is in using age as a predictor or impetus for testing, examining and diagnosing older adults. How helpful is the use of age and are there other factors that should and can take precedence? What do we know and what don’t we know if we know someone’s age.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants can explore their own potential age biases.
  • Participants can determine the value of age as a predictor of health issues, diagnosis and treatments.
  • Participants can advocate for patients, clients, family and themselves to ensure that a holistic health care approach beyond age is employed by practitioners.

Phyllis A. Greenberg, PhD, MPA, Associate Professor of Gerontology and Coordinator, Graduate Studies in Gerontology, School of Health and Human Services, St. Cloud State University; Past Co-President, Minnesota Gerontological Society. Current Co-President Gerontology and Geriatric Educators Network (MGS). Phyllis is also the 2018 winner of the Academy of Gerontology in Higher Education’s Distinguished Faculty Award. Phyllis teaches many courses in the Gerontology program at SCSU focusing on policy, diversity, advance care planning, women’s issues and research.



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