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 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.
Why would anyone want to do that?" Attempts to endow the cultural imaginary of the later life course with more concrete, positive, plausible images should be prized as dissident as long as the dominant culture and economy demote postmaternity and promote mean-spirited middle ageism and gerontophobia. Postmaternal women who learn to tell their stories critically can be considered heroines of a life-course revolution that is still in the works.
I think gerontophobia, the fear of aging, is a cultural affliction that produces and reinforces the feeling of worthlessness and powerlessness among old people.
Where do you think gerontophobia is the most destructive?
One thing seems likely - the word gerontophobia may soon be obsolete.
America suffers from "gerontophobia," according to Dychtwald.