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By Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow

Within the coming years, realizing senior electorate might be extra vital than it really is ever been. Are you prepared? getting older, the person, AND SOCIETY introduces you to gerontology in a compassionate method that is helping you know them and know the way to paintings with them. it is balanced among educational and functional discussions, and filled with research instruments. That approach, you will ace the category and be prepared for the longer term!

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The more elders watch television, however, the greater exposure they have to negative images of their age group. Repeated exposure to negative images or few images with which they can identify is neither psychologically productive for the elderly nor in the long run economically productive for television networks, yet the trends continue. Yale researchers asked older adult television viewers to maintain evaluations of how they saw themselves portrayed on television (Levy, 2003). One outcome of that study was that the older viewers were less likely to turn on the television than they had been previous to becoming consciously aware of how they were portrayed.

32 Chapter 2 attitudes toward the elderly, Friedman cautions. Possible mechanisms to explain why age stereotypes affect heart health include temperament, behavior, and physiological traits. org/view/generic/id/41105/title/ Taking_age_stereotypes_to_heart Stereotyping, whether direct or subtle, is usually inaccurate. When we generalize by putting people into categories, we tend to oversimplify reality. We ignore inconsistent information and emphasize only a few characteristics. Thus, the statement “old people sit around all day” is a generalization that does not apply to the many active older individuals who work, write, paint, are physically active, or involve themselves in community affairs.

The “problems of aging,” therefore, can be addressed only by medical technology, if at all (Vertinsky, 1991). A biomedicalized perspective of age locks the aging process and the individual experiencing it into an irreversible decline of physical deterioration. Physical This man grieves not for his wife’s declining body, but for the loss of her lovely smile, energetic behaviors, and companionship—all aspects of her spirit. Stereotypes and Images 33 change and decline, of course, are only a piece of the process of aging yet if society and the aging adult are trapped in this stereotype of age, it limits all other possibilities for recognizing— and valuing—other physical, psychological, and spiritual growth and development in later life.

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