Many people fear and dread the late adulthood stage of life because
they believe what awaits them is ill health and cognitive decline. While
that description fits some adults in later life, it certainly does not
describe them all. Many older adults lead healthy, active lives and are
closely connected to their families and communities. However,
stereotypes related to aging are extremely prevalent in our culture and
strongly influence our attitudes toward aging. Use your textbook and the
Argosy University online library resources to research age-related
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- Read about one of the largest centenarian studies conducted in the U.S., The Georgia Centenarian Study.
- Davey, A., Siegler, I. C., Martin, P., Costa, P. T., Poon, L. W., & For the Georgia Centenarian, S. (2015). Personality Structure Among Centenarians: The Georgia Centenarian Study. Experimental Aging Research, 41(4), 361-385.
- Davey, A., Elias, M., Siegler, I., Lele, U., Martin, P., Johnson, M., & … Poon, L. (2010). Cognitive function, physical performance, health, and disease: norms from the Georgia Centenarian Study. Experimental Aging Research, 36(4), 394-425. doi:10.1080/0361073X.2010.509010
Create a chart evaluating three age-related stereotypes listing
evidence that supports the stereotype (if it exists) and evidence that
contradicts the stereotype. Be sure to include references for each
stereotype. Present the information in a chart as shown:
Evidence in Support of Stereotype
Evidence that Contradicts Stereotype
Based on your readings and research, describe at least one strategy for creating more positive views of aging in our culture.
Write a 1–2-page paper in Word format and include your chart. Apply
APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming
convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M4_A2.doc. Santrock, J. (2017) Life Span Development 16th edition,(this is our textbook name and edition)