As we age, becoming weaker, slower, and immobile is our fate… FALSE! By: Gabriela Corrigan

Aging is often associated with a person who has lost most of their strength and mental and physical functioning abilities. A decline in muscle mass and strength among older adults is one reasons why the stereotype of older adults exists that states they are weak, slow, and immobile. I became a CNA this past summer, […]

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Older Adults and Sexual Activities, by Maireny Medina

Older adults are consistently categorized as asexual, not being interested in romantic relationships, or sexual activities. However, inflicting these stereotypes on older adults can cause them to have a negative outlook on themselves. Older adults are already labeled with a variety of stereotypes due to the obsession people have with being young that adding to…

Are Older Adults as Boring as We Perceive? By Mimi Mijiddorj

When you think of older adults, what kind of pictures or thoughts come into your mind? Do you think of them as cute, old, wise, or maybe even boring?  Many of us perceive aging as mostly negative: this is also known as implicit stereotyping, when there is an automatically activated negative stereotypes to topics, such…

Are older adults more depressed? By: Larkin LaBrunerie

Many people in this day-in-age believe that as you get older, you get grumpier. It is like your emotions are on a downhill slope, and with each year, you get less and less capable of handling day-to-day tasks and emotions with a smile on your face.  These stereotypes are due to the old lady you…

Are Older Adults Hard of Hearing? By: Gabrielle Brown

The older adult population is continuously growing as people are living longer. With this comes social, political, and economic challenges. These challenges bring about many stereotypes, specifically that older adults are hard of hearing. Hearing loss is a common issue for a majority of older individuals. Often times, this disorder leads to financial obligations for…

Ending the Stigma Behind Later Life Sex

Stereotypes About Aging: The Importance of Sex Among Aging Adults by: Kristin Tomlinson Most people understand that caring for the elderly is a task where we often fall short of success. There are many preconceived feelings we have regarding the elderly, that are considered stereotypes. I wonder how many of the stereotypes regarding the geriatric population hold…

Loneliness from Adolescence to Old Age By: Tatum Banks

Within the next fifteen years, twenty percent of America’s population will be of the age, or over the age of 65.  The incline of the retirement age is continuing to increase.  When thinking of the older adult population, loneliness may be a common stereotypical characteristic individuals place on this age group.  A factor that has…

There Should Not Be Fear of Aging by: Susana Gallegos

Stereotypes on older adults are typically not question, there is a believe that as one gets older life starts not to be as enjoyable and not as satisfying but the reality is more ambiguous. Being forgetful is a typical stereotype that when one gets older is something typical and there is no reason to worry…

Older People Engage in Sexual Activities by Crista James

The belief that older adults do not participate in sexual activities nor do they desire it, is founded on ageist misconceptions. This inaccurate stereotype has largely resulted from the traditional social perception that older age is a period of life that is ridden with impotency and decline. The idea that older adults are nonsexual or…

Are the Elderly More Forgetful? By: Grace McTigue

There are many stereotypes about the elderly population, one of which including the notion that older people tend to be more forgetful than the rest of society. Although we all have our forgetful moments, does being elderly mean that we are more susceptible to these moments? Through my research I have found many articles that…