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Baby Boomers in an active adult retirement community: comity interrupted.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22391870     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: This article explores a clash between incoming Baby Boomers and older residents in an active adult retirement community (AARC). We examine issues of social identity and attitudes as these groups encounter each other.
DESIGN AND METHODS: Data are drawn from a multiyear ethnographic study of social relations in senior housing. Research at this site included in-depth, open-ended interviews (47), field notes (25), and participant observation in the field (500 hr). Research team biweekly discussions and Atlas.ti software program facilitated analysis.
FINDINGS: We begin with a poignant incident that has continued to engender feelings of rejection by elders with each retelling and suggests the power and prevalence of ageism in this AARC. We identify three pervasive themes: (a) social identity and image matter, (b) significant cultural and attitudinal differences exist between Boomers and older residents, and (c) shared age matters less than shared interests.
IMPLICATIONS: Our data clearly show the operation of ageism in this community and an equating of being old with being sick. The conflict between these two age cohorts suggests that cohort consciousness among Boomers carries elements of age denial, shared by the older old. It also challenges the Third Age concept as a generational phenomenon.
Erin G Roth; Lynn Keimig; Robert L Rubinstein; Leslie Morgan; J Kevin Eckert; Susan Goldman; Amanda D Peeples
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2012-03-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Gerontologist     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1758-5341     ISO Abbreviation:  Gerontologist     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-16     Completed Date:  2012-06-18     Revised Date:  2013-06-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375327     Medline TA:  Gerontologist     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  189-98     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Center for Aging Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 21050, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aging* / psychology
Anthropology, Cultural
Housing for the Elderly*
Middle Aged
Residence Characteristics
Social Behavior*
Social Identification*
Social Stigma
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