Thursday, November 9th, noon - 1:00 pm.
Michelle Stewart, M.S., M.Ed.
Confronting Myths, Misconceptions and Stereotypes
about Aging and Older People
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
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Summary: Ageism is perhaps the last socially-acceptable out-grouping "ism." While many minor manifestations of ageism can be managed by simply responding with resilience - and perhaps a bit of friendly humor ("I don't look my age? I'm sorry to hear that! I've worked so hard to get here!") - others exact high prices that we all end up paying. The good news? Ageism can and will be overcome through education, advocacy and activism. In this presentation, we'll discuss several of the ways ageism operates outside of our social "radar" and explore positive strategies to combat age discrimination in our daily and professional lives.
Michelle Stewart is an aging and ageism educator who uses entertainment and empathy to expose ageism and help people overcome unconscious ageist attitudes. Michelle holds an MS in Wellness Management and an M.Ed. in Adult Education (Gerontology) from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is currently utilizing her experiences in education, information marketing, and senior services to create a nonprofit dedicated to maximizing the health, happiness and empowerment of people ages 50+ through training, advocacy and creative projects: Ageversity. (Coming soon: Ageversity.org.)