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Definitions & Key Terms

Ageism: Narrowly defined, ageism is a process of systematic stereotyping, prejudice, and/or discrimination against a category of people based on their age (Butler, 2006Bytheway, 2005Palmore, 2001). According to this narrow definition, ageism is similar to other “-isms,” because younger groups of people often use stereotyping, prejudice, avoidance, and discrimination when interacting with aging individuals (Butler, 2006Bytheway, 2005Rupp, Vodanovich, & Credé, 2005).

In a broader context, Bytheway (2005) defined ageism as “a set of beliefs about how people vary biologically as a result of the aging process” (p. 339). This broader definition includes how this set of beliefs can generate and reinforce a lifelong fear of the aging process, how the fear of aging can lead individuals to unconsciously project presumed associations between age and competence onto other age groups, and how such projections can underpin the actions of both individuals and organizations toward different age groups (Bytheway, 2005Terry, 2008).Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice 

Generational Differences: Generational differences in societies are characteristics generally attributed to people's age that constitute a sociocultural phenomenon. Divisions in the generations differ across nations and extend even to civilizations. Perception and recognition of the different characteristics of each generation affect the cooperation between people in social, political, and economic capacities, and subsequently extend to entities in the public, informal, commercial, and nongovernmental sectors

Generation defines a community of individuals belonging to an age group of people born around the same time period (usually within one year). Generations are often perceived as “historical” communities with a certain hierarchy of values, attitudes, and common momentous experiences such as war, change(s) in the social system, and economic crises. Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice


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3rd Act Magazine endeavors to inform, inspire, and entertain older adults. Our stories and articles challenge worn-out perceptions of aging and offer a dynamic new vision: Aging is good, let’s celebrate and embrace this stage of life, and let’s age together with confidence.

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AARP Bulletin, published 10 times per year by AARP, is the go-to news source for the 50-plus audience. Covering public policy, healthcare, employment security, consumer protection and AARP state and national news, AARP Bulletin delivers the stories behind key issues that affect the 50-plus. As a consumer-oriented news publication, AARP Bulletin provides the most pertinent information, and has become a must-read among congressional lawmakers and national opinion leaders.

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AARP The Magazine is a bimonthly magazine published by AARP. It is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50-plus. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews.

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Healthy Aging Magazine is the upbeat quarterly digital magazine targeting middle to upper-income men and women ages 45 and older. Each issue of Healthy Aging® Magazine features tips, techniques and resources for how to live a more healthy life.