The Huntington Beach Council on Aging is dedicated to creating awareness of the evolving issues facing seniors in Huntington Beach. This is the first in a series of conversations about aging.
AGEISM: Changing the Narrative
Featuring distinguished USC professor Paul Nash, PhD.
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 5:30 PM
Senior Center in Central Park. 18041 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA.
“Ageing starts from the moment we are born, so by the time we reach later life, we have become quite the expert at it. Despite our direct experiences, there are many things we either do not know or are just plain wrong about. Society shapes our attitudes including those about older adults and our own ageing process. These attitudes include stereotypes about ageing based on little more than public opinion, yet they can shape the trajectory of our own life including our health, well-being and indeed, the number of years we live. By addressing how attitudes are formed, and our own misconceptions, this presentation seeks to shine a light on prejudice, allowing us to identify and challenge everyday ageism.”
Paul Nash, PhD, gained his doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Glamorgan while working as a researcher at Swansea University at the Centre for Innovative Ageing. In 2018, he moved to Los Angeles as an Associate Professor in Gerontology at USC. He continues his work with the World Health Organization on ageism and has been appointed to the Global Social Initiatives on Ageing taskforce for the International Association of Gerontology & Geriatrics. He is collaborating with several non-profit organizations on his research into HIV and ageing as well as ageism and intergenerational contact. Paul is translating this work into practice with his current position as Ageing Caucus co-Chair and Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV. He is active in teaching and recently published a core gerontological textbook. He also continues his research in the applied fields of ageism, intersectional discrimination, sexual health and the built environment.