Aging and Ageism: Mental Health Issues in the Wake of COVID-19


This lecture, by Professor William E. Haley of the University of South Florida School of Aging Studies, provides an excellent analysis of ageism, how it can affect the mental health of older adults, how it distorts the realities of aging, and how it persists. Professor Haley reviews core stereotypes of older adults and provides evidence to refute those stereotypes such as older adults are not more depressed than young people, they have stronger reservoirs of “crystallized intelligence,” and they are more emotionally resilient.  These reserve capacities can help society and have helped older adults even during the current COVID 19 phenomenon.  Professor Haley argues for the need to replace negative stereotypes with more positive concepts of aging.

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Aging & Longevity

Aging & Longevity > Ageism & Advocacy

Aging & Longevity > Health: Brain & Mental

Aging & Longevity > Positive Aging


William Haley

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University of South Florida School of Aging Studies



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ageist stereotypes