Gerontologist Dr. Paul Nash explains the latest research and the truth on ageism, discrimination and stereotypes experienced by older adults around the world. He exposes the challenges as well as opportunities an older population may face throughout the years.
Now let me introduce my favorite professor…Dr. Paul Nash from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology where I am currently studying for my Masters of Gerontology. I am halfway through this program and honestly, the course I took on the Mind Body Connection with Dr. Nash was THE most fascinating and practical for me yet.
Today we are going to discuss the topics from his book “Critical Questions for Ageing Societies” such as ageism, intersectionality, intergenerational conflict and the discrimination and prejudices against older adults. And we get to learn why positive attitudes to aging may help us live up to 7 years longer!
ABOUT DR. PAUL NASH
Originally from the UK, Dr. Nash has a PhD in psychology and for the past 3 years is an instructional associate professor at USC. Before he came to USC, he ran the Masters of Science in Ageing Studies program at Swansea University and taught masters and PhD students. Swansea University is famous for their Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA), which is THE largest gerontology research centre in Wales and one of the largest in the UK.
Dr Nash has coordinated national research projects in Wales, working with private and public organizations and older people to create publications and reports to influence government policy. He has held several leadership positions in the UK including being the Honorary Secretary for the British Society of Gerontology and working with the World Health Organization on ageism.
He has been appointed to the Global Social Initiatives on Ageing taskforce for the International Association of Gerontology & Geriatrics. He is partnering with several non-profit organizations on his research into HIV and ageing as well as ageism and intergenerational contact.
Dr. Nash is now bringing all his work into practice with his current position as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV.
DISCLAIMER: All opinions aired are those of Dr Nash personally and do not represent the views held or expressed by the University of Southern California, The Los Angeles County Commission on HIV or their affiliates.
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