Photograph of an older adult riding a bicycle. He has a small dog in the bicycle basket; photo source: Administration on Aging, DHHS Competency Demonstration

Awareness Competency

Increase own and others' awareness of attitudes, values, and expectations about aging and their impact on care of older adults and their families.

A competency demonstration provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate that you have developed one or more of the Competencies for Working with Older Adults. Presentation: Competencies for Working with Older Adults

Demonstrate your Awareness Competency by completing the Ageism in the Work Setting project. 

If you are using these Older Adult Focus materials for self-study, completing a competency demonstration gives you an end product that you can share with others for professional purposes, such as in a portfolio for employment application or as a demonstration of meeting a professional goal for an annual review. Once you have completed the competency demonstration, wait for at least 3 days and then use the criteria to evaluate your own work. Alternatively, you could ask another person to use the evaluation criteria and discuss your work with you.

If you are using these Older Adult Focus materials as part of an organized course or workshop, consult your course leader regarding how to turn in your completed competency demonstration.

 Drawing of pencil and checklist Ageism in the Work Setting

In your work setting, identify an example of ageism. Write no more than two pages, double-spaced, about this example of ageism. Describe how it could or did impact care of older adults and their families. Describe two ways to address the ageism you cited in the example. Indicate the type of setting (e.g., clinic; acute care hospital; physician's office) rather than the name of the facility (e.g., Camas Medical Center; Dr. Jakobi's office).


For a grade of pass, your demonstration will meet these criteria:

If you are not currently employed, you may use an example from a previous work setting or from a practicum experience while in school.

Revised 2010

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