Retirement communities: Ageism exists even among the elderly

In research—published in The Gerontologist—80 in-depth interviews were carried out with older people about their experiences of living in retirement villages across the UK and Australia. The researchers were particularly interested in why people sought out retirement living and how their needs matched or contradicted those of other residents. It was not expected to findContinue reading “Retirement communities: Ageism exists even among the elderly”

I’m not your ‘good girl’ – why older people don’t like being spoken to like a baby

Caroline Egan, March 2021 Calling older people names like ‘sweetie’ or ‘dear’ is quite common in aged care homes. But researchers have found that when aged care workers speak to older people as though they are children, it creates the perception of incompetence, and that can lead to a downward spiral. What is ‘elderspeak’? ElderspeakContinue reading “I’m not your ‘good girl’ – why older people don’t like being spoken to like a baby”