Images Of Old Age
Aging is examined as a new social issue emerging from the ever increasing of longevity
which is triggering a new salience to the oscillating stereotypes towards elderly people
pervading the history of humankind. An attempt is here made to anchor the ageism, as a
negative stereotype, within Moscovici’s thematized distinction between stigmatized
versus symbolic social thinking, concluding that aging as well as ageism could be better
understood as an instance of what Moscovici called paradoxical social representations.