Lecture 9 - Midlife and Beyond.Handouts - MIDLIFE AND BEYOND AGING Social factors What are some ways we view the elderly Ageism and sexism in elderly

Lecture 9 - Midlife and Beyond.Handouts - MIDLIFE AND...

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1 M IDLIFE AND B EYOND A GING Social factors What are some ways we view the elderly? Ageism and sexism in elderly women (Bernard, 1998) Nurses in England treated male patients better Knew more about the male patients More likely describe old women as difficult A GING : V ISIBLE S IGNS Appearance related changes Wrinkles Age spots Thinning hair Gray hair
2 “It's just the way our culture has evolved. It's the way the country is. It's like almost an addiction that some people have to what I call the perfection that Hollywood presents of successful, beautiful, fun-loving people. So the question is this: Will this country want to actually watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis? ……… But men aging makes them look more authoritative, accomplished, distinguished. Sadly, it's not that way for women, and they will tell you. ……….. Will Americans want to watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis? And that woman, by the way, is not going to want to look like she's getting older, because it will impact poll numbers. It will impact perceptions.” Rush Limbaugh (Dec. 17, 2007) A GING : D OUBLE S TANDARDS Male romantic leads into fifties and sixties, paired with significantly younger women A GING : D OUBLE S TANDARDS 0 20 40 60 80 Over 39 Under 39 1988 1994 Best Actor Nominees Men Women
3 A GING : C ULTURAL D IFFERENCES Native Americans Legends include powerful old women Old Woman of the Spring Grandmother Spider Japanese Wisdom, authority and freedom to flexible and creative Older women respected and admired Hindu Middle-aged women as witches, ghosts Resentment of daughters-in-law youth A GING : S ELF -V IEWS Studies with older women show Increased certainty about one’s identity Confidence in ones power Increased sense of generativity

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