Doddery but Dear?: Examining age-related stereotypes

Centre for Ageing Better
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This UK paper published in 2020 is based on a literature review conducted by Dr Hannah J Swift and Ben Steeden, School of Psychology, the University of Kent, summarising what existing research tells us about the role and impact of language and stereotypes in framing old age and ageing in the UK. Broadly speaking when we use the term ‘old age’ or ‘older person’ we are referring to those aged 50 and over. However the notion of who is old is a contested idea, which is reflected by the fact that many of the studies referenced throughout this report use differing age bands when talking about ‘older people’.

A Guardian newspaper article about the report is here:


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