Nice but Incompetent? The Elderly Stereotype in Europe
In this project I examine how older people are perceived across different countries in the European Region and what predicts these perceptions. Together with the EURAGE team we have published the findings that individuals in more modern and equal societies have more favourable perceptions of older adults and that they also report less age discrimination. Among others, we also found that the paradox of well-being (i.e., older people paradoxically maintain subjective well-being in old age) is not universal since it does not emerge in relatively poor countries.
My work is embedded within the research group H4A (Health for All: A psychosocial approach) at CIS-IUL.
SIforAGE stands for Social Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing. It is a project funded by the European Commission (FP7 framework). A team of psychologists at ISCTE-IUL is participating in this project under the lead of Dr Sibila Marques. I am responsible for the scientific coordination in conducting an intervention programme to reduce age stereotyping in young adolescents. With the support of Santa Casa da Misericordia Lisboa, we have conducted a very promising pilot intervention study in Portugal. It is currently replicated in 4 other countries (Austria, Spain, Brazil, Lituania).
Brave Old World? The Role of Old Age Diversity in Ageism
The increasing ageing population inspires many to paint a gloomy picture of the future, with ageism being the main socio-psychological concern. Yet, this segment of the population is also becoming more diverse which provides both challenges and opportunities. I believe that more efforts need to be directed towards understanding diversity in old age, i.e. the specific health risks of subgroups in the ageing population as well as the social psychological perception of old age subgroups. In this ongoing project, cultural and socio-economic aspects of ageing and ageism are also examined.