Challenging Gerontophobia and Ageism Through a Collaborative Intergenerational Art Program

Sadie E. Rubin, Tracey L. Gendron, Cortney A. Wren, Kelechi C. Ogbonna, Ernest G. Gonzales, Emily P. Peron

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Prejudices against older adults have been shown to reduce effective care delivery and impact long-term health outcomes for older adults. In an effort to combat these prejudices, intergenerational—and often unidirectional—programs focus on challenging ageism. The PALETTE program takes this further to employ collaborative activities as a way to challenge the gerontophobia that often accompanies ageism. Promoting Art for Life Enrichment Through Transgenerational Engagement (PALETTE) is an innovative program for interprofessional undergraduate and graduate students that combines intergenerational arts activities with formal education on aging, ageism, and gerontophobia. Having demonstrated success in changing the attitudes of students, PALETTE serves as a model for an internationally replicable program that has the potential to improve person-centered care while educating future generations of older adults about positive, optimal aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-254
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015


  • ageism
  • art engagement
  • gerontophobia
  • health professions
  • interprofessional education
  • nursing
  • pharmacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Archaeology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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