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Stereotypes and Images
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Stereotypes and Aging Labeling individuals gives us a quick way to structure our interactions Oversimplifying, inaccurate and ignores inconsistent information Emotional, not objective impressions of others which can lead to resentment based on ignorance
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Negative Stereotypes Common negative views of elderly include: illness, impotence, incapacity, ugliness, mental decline, mental illness, isolation, poverty, depression Ageism vs. Compassionate Stereotyping Biomedicalization of Aging
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Positive Stereotypes Positive stereotypes about the elderly include: “Golden Agers” and “Perfect Grandparents” Older couples are viewed as “cute” rather than normal romantic relationships in later life
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Media Influences Movies, television, greeting cards, books, magazines, etc. influence our views of the elderly and the aging process Underrepresentation, negative portrayals, marginalization in story lines Ageism, racism and sexism common in portrayals Self-fulfilling prophecy for seniors?
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What Does “Old” Mean? Age markers (65) often arbitrary and not
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2010 for the course ACC 201 taught by Professor Mr.ishbo during the Spring '10 term at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

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