By Erdman Palmore PhD
During this up to date variation, Palmore presents a complete evaluate for plenty of varied sorts of ageism together with the curiosity thought of optimistic ageism, which initiatives onto the aged as a bunch conventional virtues like knowledge. He discusses either person and social impacts on attitudes in the direction of the elderly; analyzes institutional styles of ageism; and explores how one can lessen the impression of ageism at the aged. This publication is a invaluable source and textual content for college students and execs attracted to the sociology of getting older in our society.
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Extra info for Ageism: Negative and Positive
A recent survey of Americans found that the reality of old age is often quite different from the usual expectations about old age (American Discuss Social Security, 1998). Positive expectations that had higher percentages among younger people than the percentages of 65+ who reported experiencing them included more travel in old age, more hobbies, and new skills learned. In other words, less older people reported more travel, hobbies, and new skills, than the proportion of younger people who said they expected this in their old age.
What are the connotations of "old"? Do people agree that there is a chronological age at which a person becomes old? About half do, but they do not agree on what that age is. About one tenth of Americans say the average person becomes old between 50 and 59; another tenth say between 60 and 64; another tenth say between 65 and 69; and another tenth say between 70 and 79 (Harris, 1975). The other half believe that old age depends on factors, such as retirement status, senility, and so on. " Thus, there is little consensus about the beginning of old age.
In contrast, it is rude to inquire about an older person's age in the United States because it is assumed to be a source of shame and denial. " There is also a kind of pseudopositive attitude toward old age that shows itself in various patronizing responses to elders. For example, when a "rhythm band" from a senior center or nursing home performs, we often applaud loudly and make complimentary remarks, even though the music is actually poor. This sounds positive but actually reveals our low expectation about the musical ability of elders.
Ageism: Negative and Positive by Erdman Palmore PhD