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Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Ageism


Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Ageism

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Kathryn Chamberlain MD, Chelsey Sand DO, Teresa Quinn MD, Donald Pine, MD
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
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ELDER CARE A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Ageism is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

After reading this issue of Elder Care, you should be able to…

  1. Explain what ageism is
  2. Explain how ageism can negative influence social and health outcomes for older adults
  3. Explain ways that clinicians can reduce their own feelings and actions that promote ageism
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Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as:

  1. Content is not changed,
  2. No one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. Authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and

The reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program”. 

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Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
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No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Expires 6mos Email Date: 
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Expires 3mos Email Date: 
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Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Laura Vitkus MPH

Suggested Citation:
Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Ageism. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2019 Available from: