On sale Apr 5th, 2022
Social Science - Discrimination
About This Book
What if everything you thought you knew about aging was wrong?
This bold historical account helps explain how ageism has seeped into our lives, slowly and silently shaping our own misconceptions about aging--and about ourselves.
Ageism Unmasked takes a journey through time to reveal how politics, technology, religion, media, and medicine have shaped a modern aging narrative that bears little resemblance to reality.
Aging is a process, and it doesn't just happen to old people. We are all aging every moment of our lives. Ageism is reflexively forming opinions about people, and how we interact with them, based on their age. And we all do it, without thinking about it.
Ageism is so deeply infused in our thinking, language and actions that it is practically invisible. Even attempts to be anti-ageist fall into perilous traps that perpetuate, rather than discourage, ageism.
Ageism Unmasked will help readers
--let go of our desperate need to stay young,
--appreciate how we all age,
--and reset our expectations for getting old.
Dr. Tracey Gendron serves as Chair for the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology. Tracey has a Master’s degree in Gerontology, a Master’s degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. With over twenty-five years of experience as a gerontologist, Dr. Gendron has authored and coauthored over thirty manuscripts and seven book chapters on ageism and aging-related topics. As a grant-funded researcher and a nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Gendron has spoken about ageism in forums across America and can also be seen and heard as a guest speaker on numerous podcasts and video productions. Dr. Gendron takes an all-inclusive approach to teaching about aging, particularly highlighting those understudied and underrepresented groups at increased risk of adverse health outcomes based on discrimination. Her personal and professional goal is to raise awareness of Elderhood as the solution to the deeply embedded ageism pervasive within all cultures, settings, and individuals.