Londonderry Talk to Address Stereotypes on Aging

Londonderry Talk to Address Stereotypes on Aging

Londonderry Talk to Address Stereotypes on Aging

Londonderry Tri-Mtn Lions Club member Rebecca Skandera is shown with nephew Dylan while fellow Lion Joan Dayton looks on, during an eye screening for students at Flood Brook School, part of Lions Kidsight USA. For information, contact Randee Keith at 802-824-6750.

Londonderry Tri-Mtn Lions Club member Rebecca Skandera is shown with nephew Dylan while fellow Lion Joan Dayton looks on, during an eye screening for students at Flood Brook School, part of Lions Kidsight USA. For information, contact Randee Keith at 802-824-6750.

When we stereotype older adults, we actually disparage a group that not only contains people we love, but also our own future and current selves. While there are a few positive age stereotypes – such as the belief that with age comes wisdom – these ideas are often a mixed blessing. “Compassionate stereotypes may sound positive,” says Lenore Szuchman, Professor Emerita of Psychology at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, “but there should be no need for compassion just because people are older – no justification for assuming they are helpless or that baby talk is going to be well-received.” Szuchman, a developmental psychologist whose most recent book, co-authored with Joan Erber, is ‘Great Myths of Aging’ will discuss ageism and its stereotypes at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections, located in the Mountain Marketplace next to the Londonderry Post Office. This program is offered at no charge, but reservations are necessary; call 802-824-4343 to attend.

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