By Erdman Palmore PhD
During this up to date variation, Palmore offers a complete evaluation for lots of diversified different types of ageism together with the curiosity inspiration of optimistic ageism, which tasks onto the aged as a bunch conventional virtues like knowledge. He discusses either person and social affects on attitudes in the direction of the elderly; analyzes institutional styles of ageism; and explores how one can decrease the effect of ageism at the aged. This ebook is a beneficial source and textual content for college kids and execs attracted to the sociology of getting older in our society.
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Affluence This image is one of the new axioms about elders frequently stated in news magazines and other mass media: "The aged are well off; they have been lifted out of poverty" (Binstock, 1992). This assumption is a basis for the argument that we should reduce Social Security benefits and other services (such as medicare) to the elderly (Estes &Rundall, 1992). Facts This stereotype is no more true than the stereotype that most elders are poor. Over one-fifth of elders have incomes below or near (within 125 o) the federal poverty levels (Hess & Markson, 1995).
Wisdom This belief is based on the assumption that greater years of experience bring greater wisdom. This stereotype also has been found by several studies to be commonly associated with old age (Thomas & Yamamoto, 1975). About two thirds of Americans think most people older than age 65 are "very wise from experience" (Harris, 1975). S. presidents as well as among boards of trustees and other governing bodies (Palmore, 1998). Facts There is little scientific evidence for or against this stereotype because no one has yet developed a valid and reliable measure of wisdom (Baltes & Staudinger, 1995).
Now at last comes a time of relative peace and serenity when people can relax and enjoy the fruits of their labors after the storms of active life are over. Advertising slogans, television and romantic fiction foster the myth. (p. 10) Facts There is some evidence that somewhat more elders report more life satisfaction than younger persons, and there is somewhat less depression among elders (see stereotype of depression earlier); however, most elders report about the same amounts of life satisfaction, happiness, and unhappiness as when they were younger.