gerontophobia


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gerontophobia

(dʒɛˌrɒntəˈfəʊbɪə)
n
(Psychoanalysis) an abnormal fear or hatred of old people or the idea of growing old
Translations
gerontofobi
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It also discusses the power of care and laughter, as well as the demoralizing effects of ageism (prejudices against a certain age group), jeunism ( a preference for younger people particularly for employment purposes), elderspeak (baby talk or infantalizing communication with elderly persons) and gerontophobia (extreme fear of old people).
In short order, however, Felipe's self-acceptance as an elderly-and-young, nineteenth-and twentieth-century specter prompts the reversal of gerontophobia and motivates his kisses on the old woman's toothless mouth, the detail of which surfaces in a fluid narrative that links Consuelo's elderly body and Felipe's "return to himself' in the same sentence--as if breaking the flow with a period or two might cause the reader to startle at the implausibility (62).
A generous introduction and a chapter centered on gerontophobia is followed by a discussion of how painters, all of them a bunch of narcissists, only managed to paint themselves, as Cosimo il Vecchio said (and this well before the more famous "madame Bovary c'est moi").
After further reflection, it occurs to me that perhaps emulating the motivations of long-term care professionals might offer the best possible cure for my bad case of gerontophobia.
Contemporary society suffers from gerontophobia, a fear of aging and aversion towards growing old.