Stereotype About Old People, And Aging People And The Society

1601 Words Dec 4th, 2014 7 Pages
Kevens Louis
Dr. Harvey
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Stereotype About Old People, And Aging People And The Society

Usually when people talk about stereotypes, first thing that pop up in someone mind are gender and racial. There are more than gender and racial in stereotypes category. Like age-based stereotype when someone talk about old people they always come up with those: they drive slow, drink decaf coffee ,can 't see , are health freaks, love children and many more.
As people live longer, the population of old people keeps rising. With increased population, the tendency of discriminating against the old people chips in. In the modern world, myths are spreading concerning older people. People have been made to believe that being young is good as compared to those who have aged. The fact that many families now live away from their old people and visit them once in a while make them tend to believe these myths. These myths and stereotyping influence the way we treat and associate with the old generations (Blaine, 176). To understand old people, one needs to stay with them to expel this stereotyping. Stereotyping against age as compared to other classification is normally unnoticeable and not challenged (Nelson, 5). More often than not stereotypes associated with old people are negative.
Old people in the workplace are normally stereotyped as incompetent and slow (Blaine, 178). The common myth is that as people get old they lose motivation because their tenure of service is…
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