Attitudes towards old age: a study of the self-image of aged

  • Sijuwade P
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Abstract

The article presents a study on how elders perceive senescence. The study evaluated factors relative to aging which include the elders' personal belief on aging, age norms and various preconceptions about aging. It found that societal attitude can greatly influence the elders' impression of social-image. It also indicated that their interaction with the society can affect their views of self-image.; The article deals with age as a relevant component of an individual's identity. Its first part gives a brief survey of theories and theoretical concepts of age identity that is followed by a presentation of outcomes of a qualitative study (GACR 403/06/1647) in its second part. The author writes about the subjectively accepted and objectively assigned age identity, personal identity in the process of ageing and the phenomenon of age denial: She shows how individuals relate their age to other components of identity, with what factors they "condition" their own age identity, on the basis of what criteria and in what contexts they identify the others' age (and vice versa, what criteria and strategies are applied to them by. the others), how they interpret age norms. The author also deals with the identity "on the move", i.e. with the changes of relevance of age as a constituent of individual identity in the course of life career, the change of perspective on one's own and the others' age. In relation to this, she points out the strategies of identity maintaining, or the strategies by means of which individuals cope with ageing (the concept of themselves as younger, not-elderly, age distortion, taking over symbols of "young" life style etc.). The author concludes that individuals reflect individual differences in experiencing age, relativity of evaluation (of age, old age) in relation to both the object and the subject of evaluation and they "rate" individual features, abilities and skills above age itself. Nevertheless the importance of age in various contexts of individuals' lives and for their identity is undeniable.; Results: 278 patients were admitted in TR after Manchester screening during 6 months: 244 (185 men, 59 women) were studied, average age 39,32 +/- 19.3

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  • a societal context
  • abstract aging occurs in
  • and an image of
  • attitudes
  • behavior for
  • further
  • how they feel
  • image of social image
  • image of themselves
  • of the
  • ranging from the micro
  • scale of the family
  • self-image
  • social attitudes
  • social image
  • social-image
  • society
  • stereotypes and age norms
  • the aged
  • the aged have an
  • this context includes the
  • to the macro scale
  • which determine age appropriate

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