Physical Activity in Older Adults (By Candace Richardson)

There are many stereotypes surrounding older adults.  Many older adults are viewed as slow or not athletic.  However, there are still older adults engaging in physical activity.  Many individuals believe that as adults age, they are less likely to be physically active or engage in more than just walking to the necessary places they need…

Why are they always grumpy? By Laura Boog

There are many stereotypes about aging in American culture. Many of these stereotypes put older adults in a bad light most of the time. Stereotypes like their lack of willingness to try new things, being forgetful, or how adults become grumpier as they get older, make aging more of a negative process than it is…

Does Working Memory Actually Stop Working? By Madison Dziura

Ageism, which is a type of judgment, plays a huge role in how people perceive and treat older adults, especially in the United States of America where youth and beauty are valued (Cavanaugh & Blanchard-Fields, 2015).  One particular stereotype stemming from ageism that comes to mind when thinking about older adults is memory.  Many representations…

Loneliness and Social Isolation in Older Adults- Rachel Cooper

Loneliness and Social Isolation in Older Adults It is assumed that older adults, aged sixty-five and older, grow lonely with increased social isolation.  This stereotype of the aging population is based on the assumption of lacking of an intimate attachment, such as a significant other, or lacking a sense of companionship or a close circle…

Are Older Adults Wiser than the Younger Population? by Shelby Spies

           Wisdom has always been associated with aging and that older adults are more wiser.  Wisdom involves the ability to understand life and deeper meaning of events that relate to interpersonal life.  Throughout this research paper the three dimensional wisdom scale (3D- WS) is used, which involves 39 items of 14…

Does wisdom come with age? by Cami Ciesielski

Commonly, a lot of negative stereotypes are associated with aging.  Being called grumpy, slow, and weak are often characteristics associated with becoming an older adult.  However, gaining wisdom is one of the few stereotypes that comes with aging, that gives a benefit to aging.  Most people do believe that as one ages it is likely…

Loneliness in Older Adults by: Sydney Rounsaville

Grandma Twila is an 84-year old woman who spends most of her time watching the time. She gets up every morning usually around five o’clock and moves from her room to the couch. Around seven, the clinking of her spoon shoveling in her cereal wakes the rest of the house up. Eventually everyone leaves the…

Do Sickness and Disability come with Old age? By Melissa Callens

The cohort of older adults receives many stereotypes of a wide variety.  Many of these common stereotypes are not all necessarily true but the stereotype of “sickness and disability come with old age” appears to be true in many ways with older adults although some studies show that some effects can be prevented or reduced,…