Ageism and Negative Mental Tendencies in the Third Age

Teodor Gergov, Ivanka Asenova

Abstract


Ageism is one of the global problems of contemporary world. This article is an attempt to look at it from a point of view of mentality. A few of the main manifestations of ageism including prejudice and openly demonstrated discrimination against seniors are discussed. On the basis of a survey, some conclusions are made about the negative consequences from ageism for the mentality of older people. The survey was conducted among 27 people between the ages of 20 - 35 and 36 people between the ages of 65 - 80 (mean age of 73.5 years).

 

Language: English



Keywords


ageism; stereotypes; discrimination; mentality; seniors

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