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23 Mar 2021 • 

Positive Aging and Combatting Ageism

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Identify ways in which helping professionals can decrease their own implicit ageism as a way to improve care for older adult clients and patients. In .. Read more the coming years professionals are expected to accommodate the influx of older sexual minorities (OSM) as the baby-boomers enter old age. OSM are at risk for poorer well-being compared to their heterosexual counterparts, which is rooted from the stresses of being marginalized. Much evidence connects minority stressors, internalized homonegativity, outness, and microaggressions to poorer well-being; however, there our understanding of the minority stress process is lacking as few stressors are studied as they happen. Furthermore, there is limited knowledge on how age contextualizes this process. OSM have witnessed unique sociopolitical climates, yet report less minority stress compared to younger adults, which may be a result of having greater resilience through expertise in social relationships, increased positivity, and/or practice with previous experiences of discrimination. Highlight the age differences of the minority stress process and be able to understand the ways in which age influences the full impact of minority stress on sexual and gender minorities.

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