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The purpose of this educational activity is to enable
the learner to understand ageism and the negative attitudes about older adults
and how to prevent it.


Additional Course Information

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify two (2) common cultural practices in society that promote ageism.
  2. Identify two (2) common ageist beliefs concerning the older adult.
  3. Select three (3) aspects of elderspeak which are demeaning to the older adult.

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge about ageism by passing a quiz with 85% or greater accuracy.


Lois Platt, MSN, RN

Ms. Platt has had extensive experience in a variety of health care settings, including as Staff Development Coordinator in a Long-Term Care
facility in Arizona.  She also worked as a Term Assistant Professor of Nursing for the University of Alaska Anchorage AAS Nursing Program for many years as well as coordinating and teaching the
Certified Nursing Assistant Program in Valdez, Alaska.  Prior to entering nursing education, Ms.
Platt worked in both staff nurse and Clinical Resource Manager positions in a small Critical Access Hospital in rural Alaska. Her work experience also includes staff and charge nurse positions in an
Intensive Care Unit in Connecticut.  Ms. Platt obtained a Diploma in nursing from Joseph Lawrence School of Nursing in New London, Connecticut; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut; and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska.

Ageism - Healthcare Academy
Healthcare Academy



Understanding ageism and negative attitudes toward older adults is the first step in working to prevent it. This educational activity defines ageism and explores how it can affect the healthcare that an older adults receive. It also outlines best practices for overcoming ageism.

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