The Paradox Of Ageing; The Trap Of Ageism

1 Hour Session
Wednesday May 02   02:00 PM to 03:15 PM (1 hour 15 minutes)
Enoch Ballroom
A wicked paradox is captured in Billy Joel's classic lyrics (from River of Dreams, 1993): "Shades of grey wherever I go; the more I find out the less that I know; black and white is how it should be; but shades of grey are the colors I see." This session will grapple with the paradox that individuals, families, care providers and others face when they seek to understand what ageing really means. With a birth record, we can be certain about an individual's chronological age, but beyond that, it all becomes shades of grey. Efforts to understand and describe ageing become quickly frustrated with excessive certainty. However, overly-cautious language may also stifle meaningful dialogue and understanding. This theme will be explored using the model of frailty.
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

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