A NEW series of training sessions designed to help older people identify and challenge ageism will be held in Cardiff in March.

The training sessions have been developed by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots, to end ageism and age discrimination.

They will help participants to identify ageism and age discrimination in a range of settings – such as the workplace, health, care and other services, and within the media – and will explore the ways in which ageism can be challenged.

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The training will also cover the legislation which can be used to challenge ageism and the organisations that can provide information, advice and support if someone sees or experiences it.

Seven training sessions will be delivered throughout Wales, including the Older People’s Commissioner’s Office, Cardiff, on March 12 2020.

The training has been developed as part of the Commissioner’s Everyday Ageism Campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the ways in which ageism impacts upon older people and society.

Ms Herklots said:

“Ageism underpins many of the issues faced by older people in society today, and every day we are bombarded with ageist language and imagery that reinforces stereotypes about older people.

“This means that we still unfortunately see age discrimination in the workplace, within health care, social care, and other key public services, as well as across the media and advertising, which negatively impacts upon older people’s health and wellbeing in a number of ways.

“But despite its prevalence, 1 in 5 older people in Wales say they would not be confident in identifying ageism or challenging it.

“That’s why I am running a new series of sessions for older people throughout Wales– to help them to recognise ageism and empower them to challenge it”.

For further information about the training sessions, or to book your place, visit the Commissioner’s website at: www.olderpeoplewales.com. Alternatively, you can call the Commissioner’s office on 03442 640 670.