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The Negative Perceptions of Aging in our Society

In other words, the elderly begin to behave in the same ways that many people perceive them, whether or not it is the case in reality. Another social phenomenon that is exacerbated by these types of negative stereotypes is elderly abuse. Similar to child abuse, elders are at risk for abuse by stressed-out or uncaring children, relatives or even friends. Yet, these conditions persist in society even though, unlike children, most elderly Americans are independent, financially secure and capable of taking care of themselves. Still, the elderly are often treated like children. They are often ridiculed, blamed, and mistreated not only by family members but also by the medical community and others whose job it is to help them. Since negative perceptions of the elderly are learned, despite evidence to the contrary, it is not surprising that perceptions of well-being among the elderly are also related to social phenomenon, ...

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