A Symbolic Interactionism Perspective and Ageing: Ageism

By Charlene Lane.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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In an era where individuals sixty-five and older are living longer, it is important to delve into factors that contribute to seniors ageing well and functioning in society. Although images in society have depicted seniors in a less than positive light, the “new generation” of individuals sixty-five and older are not subscribing to societal dictates. Todays’ seniors are defying previously held beliefs and creating their own truths and realities. Cooley’s theory of symbolic interactionism is in question. The image that society portrays of seniors is not the image that they are reflecting. The “new generation” of seniors are redefining the looking glass self.

Keywords: Symbolic Interaction, Ageing Well, Seniors

Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.61-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 524.937KB).

Dr. Charlene Lane

Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education & Gerontology, York College (City University of New York (CUNY)), Valley Stream, NY, USA

Dr. Charlene G. Lane is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York. She has over 19 years of clinical as well as administrative experiences. Dr. Lane holds a BA degree in Psychology from York College (CUNY) a Masters in Clinical Social Work from New York University and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Adelphi University, Garden City New York. In addition to her clinical and administrative experiences, Dr. Charlene Lane has taught as an adjunct professor since 2004 at Fordham University and Touro College (both in New York). She is currently an Assistant Professor at York College (CUNY) in The Department of Health, Physical Education & Gerontological Studies.