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During this up-to-date version, Palmore presents a accomplished assessment for plenty of varied types 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 affects on attitudes in the direction of the elderly; analyzes institutional styles of ageism; and explores how one can lessen the influence of ageism at the aged. This booklet is a important source and textual content for college kids and execs attracted to the sociology of getting older in our society.

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Types of Ageism 27 Depression Because many believe that the typical older person is sick, impotent, senile, useless, lonely, and in poverty, they naturally conclude that the typical older person must also be miserable. " A third of respondents to the Facts on Aging and Mental Health Quiz believe "Major depression is more prevalent among the elderly than among younger persons" and about one tenth even believe, "The majority of old people feel miserable most of the time" (Palmore, 1998). A recent study of responses to a series of old and young faces with neutral or relaxed expressions found that compared with the young faces, old faces were significandy more likely to be interpreted as sad or depressed (Fredrickson, Collins, & Carstensen 1989).

There is probably less alcoholism and drug addiction among elders (Whittington, 1995; Wood, 1995). Of course, there are many elders who do not fit this stereotype: There are numerous criminals, undependable workers, alcoholics, and drug addicts among elders. Therefore, this stereotype (like any stereotype) is not true of some elders. 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).

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. This may be because the negative connotations of old age make people want to deny its onset. Those who believe most people older than age 65 are "very useful" tend to think that people become old after they are 65, whereas those who believe that old people are "not useful" tend to accept the idea that a person is old at 65. Thus, people seem to equate being old with being useless.

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