Addressing ageism and ethnocultural diversity with a photo essay project

Sheila J. Linz, Nancy J. Cresse

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Background: By 2050, the percentage of older adults in the United States will double. By 2060, nonmajority individuals will comprise nearly half of our older adult population. Therefore, nursing students must have learning experiences that prepare them to care for a diverse population of older adults when they enter practice. Method: Photo-elicitation and a photo essay project was initiated in an Aging and Health in Global Communities course in which 75 students created and presented photo essays of a diverse group of older adults. Results: Through spending time with older adults to create a photo essay, students ably portrayed lives rich in meaning and ethnocultural heritage. Conclusion: The natural intersection of aging and diversity that occurred in the photo essays enlightened students to the rich experience of age and the similarities and unique differences in the lives of the older people portrayed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-47
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education


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