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Why do we have a negative attitude towards old age and what do people do in order not to look old?
Steve Olela
Maseno University

This paper examines why there is very high stereotyping and discrimination against the aged. It also looks into how the aged try not to look old so that they do not get to be discriminated against. It is common to find people making assumptions and having negative attitude towards the aged.
Why we have a negative attitude towards old age The society has discriminatory perception against the old especially the youth or young for example in the 2013 Kenya elections, the young contesting for political seats refered to the old as “analogue” and deserve to go and relax at home while referring to themselves as the “digital” . ‘People have a negative attitude towards the old because the old people are associated with health issues and death’ (Hall and Baley, 2008) and so there is the fear of old age and therefore viewed negatively. It is perceived that the old people require regular checkups and fear of death due to the many health problems they experience (Arnold-Cathalifaud, 2008). Working with older patients is not typically viewed as desirable because the young view them as stubborn and have traits the young would want to always avoid. The old people are also associated with the negative body image. Physical attributions and appearances is a factor or a reason why people develop negative attitudes towards the old age. ‘It is seen that the old age facial appearance and body image is unattractive and unappealing’ (D’Souza, 2009). Examples include balding, greying, thinning of the hair, and wrinkling of the skin are the characteristics observed and given to the old age. Personality and expression is another factor that tries to explain the negative perception we have towards the old age. We perceive the old to have…...

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