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Some help with a college research paper on aging? Oct. 16th, 2005 @ 02:17 pm
poets_hand
Hi everybody,

This seems to be the perfect community in which to post this, so I hope you don't mind. I'm taking a 2 question survey for a research paper contrasting the way elderly women are portrayed in the media, and what elderly women have in actuality to offer society. Answers can be brief (a few words) to extensive. All answers will be recorded as anonymous and confidential.

The survey is at "http://www.livejournal.com/~poets_hand/18520.html?nc=16"

You can post anonymously, as your answers will be anonymous.

Thank you all for your participation.

-poets_hand

MMMMM Older....Men :) Nov. 4th, 2004 @ 09:16 am
hieronymos8
I'm not fifty, but I love people fifty or higher, I've never liked people my age, or young. They don't do anything for me. I like older faces and yes bodies. Call me crazy, but oh well. My guy friend is over ten years older then me. I love this community! I shall express everything, but when I have more time. Ciao!
Current Mood: hornyhorny
Current Music: mmm Bach

Cross-posted from my LJ Oct. 26th, 2004 @ 06:41 pm
tacitrainbow
American society seems to have a fixed view of older people. In researching various websites, blogs and Live Journals, there is a clear pattern that reflects an enormous gap that exists between younger people and older people. From a review of these sites, younger people (as is the tradition) seem to view older people as authority figures, parental figures or as no longer relevant to their social, emotional or intellectual needs. It is as if, older people are expected to remain in very rigid roles that are clearly defined to meet an accepted stereotype. We as older people can not dare to identify with the values or cultural trends of the youth culture. We should not dress, speak or act like a younger person. More importantly, we should not seek to interact with younger people.

Another interesting fact (based on recent research) is that women in particular, set a very close limit on their view of acceptable interaction with older men. On average, women consider any man that is five years older as being "too old" and any man who is five years younger as being too young. Interestingly, as woman age, the upper gap narrows and the younger gap of acceptability widens. Women between the ages of 35 and 55 see nothing wrong with socially interacting with men 10 years or more their junior but bulk at interacting with men as little as 2 to 5 years their senior. Men between the ages of 35 and 55 seem to be more accepting of older women and yet also predominately prefer to interact with younger women of almost any age of majority.

The question is, what does this say about how we see the older population in this culture? Is there a sort of Darwinian undercurrent at work here that discards older people as no longer viable in the continuation of the species? Are these attitudes a result of religious doctrine or more a result of marketing forces at work in a youth oriented society? What are the exceptions to these prevailing attitudes if any? Post your thoughts!

Welcome Oct. 22nd, 2004 @ 10:51 pm
tacitrainbow
Life After 50 is not what it seems at first glance. This is not a place to hide away from everyone else who is younger but rather a place where younger people can peer into the insights of older people and begin to understand that many of us are young people in an older body. I hope this community strips the stereotypes that people place on older men and woman away. Yes, there are some characteristics that older people have by virtue of their age that cannot be avoided so the challenge there is to help younger folks understand and appreciate them.

What this community is not:

1. A dumping ground for sexist, ageist rants.
2. A pick-up joint for the older crowd.
3. A hide away from young people
4. A breeding ground for polarizing thought.

Please respect the intent of this site.
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