Ella Jude Sperry



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By looking at existing literature, I was able to gain knowledge as to how Americans think about and treat their elders. I chose to consider other cultures so that I could have a basis for evaluating Americans. I was able to understand in what ways Americans are more and less respectful of their older family members and friends. The research that I looked at led me to find forms of ageism within multiple societies and cultures. This is important because ageism is a form of discrimination. Ageism is a relatively understudied topic. For this reason, I think it is crucial to bring awareness to the topic. The goal of my research is to discuss the ways that elderly adults are disrespected, but additionally, highlight the ways that elderly adults are respected in the hopes that these patterns will be implemented in the lacking cultures.

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Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Laura M. Leming

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Reduced Inequalities

Examining America’s Treatment of the Elderly in Comparison With Other Cultures