ERIC Number: EJ780896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 45
Stereotypes of Aging: Their Effects on the Health of Seniors in North American Society
Horton, Sean; Baker, J.; Deakin, J. M.
Educational Gerontology, v33 n12 p1021-1035 Dec 2007
Seniors are routinely subjected to negative stereotypes regarding their physical and cognitive abilities. The power and prevalence of cultural stereotypes of aging essentially results in a "double-whammy" to seniors. First, they influence the way that seniors are treated by society. Second, cultural stereotypes affect how seniors see themselves. The ramifications here are important, for research suggests that stereotypes influence decisions to engage in cognitive and physical activity, the ability to recover from disease and, ultimately, the length and quality of life. Considering the demographic trends in North America, finding ways to effectively minimize and counteract the most negative stereotypes remains a pressing social concern.
Descriptors: Physical Health, Cultural Influences, Ethnic Stereotypes, Quality of Life, North Americans, Cognitive Ability, Social Attitudes, Stereotypes, Gerontology, Negative Attitudes, Social Bias, Older Adults, Aging (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
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Identifiers - Location: North America