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Ageism is the stereotyping of older adults based on

chronological age. It is a form of prejudice and discrimination

similar to racism and sexism, which allows younger generations

to view older adults as separate from mainstream society.

Ageist language and imagery often leads to stereotypes of

older adults as weak, frail and disabled. In contrast, there

are also positive stereotypes of aging, when people assume

that all older adults are wise or caring. Ageism includes

prejudice (stereotypes and attitudes), personal discrimination

(behaviours), and institutional discrimination (policies and

practices). The Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE)

is a self-report measure of the frequency and type of ageist

behaviors. ROPE is a 20-item questionnaire that measures

personal discrimination through 14 statements that reflect

negative types of ageism, and 6 statements that reflect

positive types of ageism.



ROPE: Relating to Older People Evaluation


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