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Journal of Geriatrics
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 954027, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/954027
Review Article

Stereotypes of Aging: Their Effects on the Health of Older Adults

School of Human Movement Studies, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW 2795, Australia

Received 5 August 2015; Revised 13 October 2015; Accepted 25 October 2015

Academic Editor: Tiffany F. Hughes

Copyright © 2015 Rylee A. Dionigi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The purpose of this review is to present findings on the effects of stereotypes of aging on health outcomes related to older adults, such as physical and mental functioning (specifically) and overall well-being and perceived quality of life (more broadly). This review shows that both positive and negative stereotypes of aging can have enabling and constraining effects on the actions, performance, decisions, attitudes, and, consequently, holistic health of an older adult. This review further highlights a variety of limitations in stereotype research in aging contexts, including a lack of qualitative studies focusing on older adult perspectives and the fluctuating definition of what constitutes “good health” during older age.