They typically present a "worst-case" scenario that promotes ageism, gerontophobia
, and negative emotions, which may worsen stigma and discrimination towards PwD and the people who care for them.
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).
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
. (9) After all, providers and caregivers are as obsessed with aging as I am--the difference is they're focused on other people.
How nice to read nice things about gerontophobia
. Many years ago I was a decrepit old man, a troll.
Contemporary society suffers from gerontophobia
, a fear of aging and aversion towards growing old.