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Ageism Unmasked shifts the lens, enabling us to see that we tolerate, and sometimes actively promote, attitudes and behaviors toward differently aged people that we would reject and condemn if applied to any other group. It peels back the layers to expose how cultural norms and unconscious prejudices have seeped into our lives, silently shaping our treatment of others based on their age and our own misconceptions about aging—and about ourselves.
Dr. Tracey Gendron has spoken about ageism in forums across America and can has also appeared on numerous podcasts and video productions, particularly highlighting those understudied and underrepresented groups at increased risk of adverse health outcomes based on discrimination. Dr. Gendron has a Master’s degree in Gerontology, a Master’s degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, and she serves as Chair for the VCU Department of Gerontology.
Gendron will be in conversation with Paula Span, who has written the New Old Age column for the New York Times since 2009. Her book, When the Time Comes: Families With Aging Parents Share Their Struggles and Solutions, was published by Hachette. More recently, Audible released The Bubbe Diaries: True Tales of Grandparenting, an audio work based on her Generation Grandparent columns for the Times. A former staff writer for the Washington Post and a longtime freelance writer, she teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.