gerontophobia


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ger·on·to·pho·bi·a

(jer'on-tō-fō'bē-ă),
Morbid fear of old people.
[geronto- + G. phobos, fear]

gerontophobia

Morbid fear of growing old, or a morbid fear or intense dislike of the elderly.

gerontophobia

Psychology Fear of old people/of growing old. See Phobia.
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A generous introduction and a chapter centered on gerontophobia is followed by a discussion of how painters, all of them a bunch of narcissists, only managed to paint themselves, as Cosimo il Vecchio said (and this well before the more famous "madame Bovary c'est moi").
After further reflection, it occurs to me that perhaps emulating the motivations of long-term care professionals might offer the best possible cure for my bad case of gerontophobia.
A t the very time young people need to start saving for their retirement they are put off from even thinking about it because it makes them afraid of growing old -a condition known as gerontophobia.
Asked to interpret the results of the survey, psychologist Dr David Lewis, author of Life Unlimited: Peak Performancegripped by an epidemic of gerontophobia or an irrational terror of growing old.
I think gerontophobia, the fear of aging, is a cultural affliction that produces and reinforces the feeling of worthlessness and powerlessness among old people.
One thing seems likely - the word gerontophobia may soon be obsolete.