Understanding Seniors' Perceptions and Stereotypes of Aging

Horton, Sean, Baker, J., Cote, J. and Deakin, J. M. (2008) Understanding Seniors' Perceptions and Stereotypes of Aging. Educational Gerontology, 34 1: 997-1017. doi:10.1080/03601270802042198

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Author Horton, Sean
Baker, J.
Cote, J.
Deakin, J. M.
Title Understanding Seniors' Perceptions and Stereotypes of Aging
Journal name Educational Gerontology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0360-1277
1521-0472
Publication date 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03601270802042198
Open Access Status
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 997
End page 1017
Total pages 21
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Research suggests there is a connection between stereotypes, beliefs, and behavior in older individuals. To explore this link of stereotypes affecting beliefs and beliefs affecting behavior, we interviewed young (age 60 to 75) seniors in an effort to further examine these relationships. Semistructured qualitative interviews were conducted with 20 seniors. Questions focused on the broad themes of aging stereotypes and attitudes towards active living. Responses from the participants indicated the variety of opinions and beliefs seniors hold about the aging process. Intriguing results emerged on the topic of role models. Participants often had someone in their lives who represented what it means to age successfully. Generally, this was an individual older than themselves, active, vigorous, and illustrative of the high quality of life that is possible into a very late age. In addition, these individuals provide a direct contrast to the most negative stereotypes of aging.
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
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