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How to dispel negative stereotypes of the elderly?

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Jinnie
4 August 2021
How to dispel negative stereotypes of the elderly?

How to dispel negative stereotypes of the elderly?

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Teresa Poon
4 August 2021

You’re welcome.

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Jinnie
4 August 2021

It’s really helpful! Thank you!

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Teresa Poon
4 August 2021

There are ways to dispel negative stereotypes. Some studies suggest beneficial effects on physical and/or mental health by resisting negative age stereotypes or maintaining an optimistic attitude (Wurm & Benyamini, 2014). Such a positive attitude could result in an increased life expectancy. It is in this context that Moody (1988), has argued in favor of the notion that gerontology should offer an “emancipatory discourse,” with a positive idea of aging as a movement toward freedom beyond domination (autonomy, wisdom, transcendence).

Moody, H. R. (1988). Toward a critical gerontology: The contribution of the humanities to theories of aging. Emergent theories of aging, 19-40.
Wurm, S., & Benyamini, Y. (2014). Optimism buffers the detrimental effect of negative self-perceptions of ageing on physical and mental health. Psychology & Health, 29(7), 832-848.

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