Ageism in America – A Call for Research

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Part of the Generations Education Series, funded in part by the Archstone Foundation

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Includes Complimentary CEUs.

As the United States undergoes a transformation from a young to an old society, it is essential we address the problems individuals face as they age and prepare for the opportunities longer lives afford. Widespread pessimism in individuals, policy makers and even the scientific community about the inevitability of age-related decline divert attention from potentially solvable problems, which leads to ageism. This web seminar will outline a research agenda that addresses three issues often overlooked in the traditional literature on ageism: the pressing need to understand the role ageism plays in workforce participation and performance; the ways in which ageism may limit the effectiveness of interventions to improve health in older populations; and, failure in much scientific research to differentiate between pathological and normal aging, thus producing overly negative conclusions about the effects of aging.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Identify three areas that could benefit from interventions aimed at breaking down—and eliminating—ageism;
  • Distinguish between the concepts of “health” and “well-being”; and,
  • Describe a current research agenda to combat ageism.


Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D., is professor of psychology, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University, and director of the Stanford Center on Longevity.
Sarah Raposo, B.A., is a doctoral candidate in the psychology department at Stanford University in Stanford, California.