Complete 6 pages APA formatted article: Gerontology. People who are older are not necessarily given the same chance to play roles on television and in movies. Rather, many elderly people are discriminated against unnecessarily because of their age. Without a doubt, the media plays a key role in shaping our ideas about the elderly. In this paper, the following issues will be discussed: the place of older adults in society according to film. how the analysis of this placement forces one to rethink about mass media consumerism. and finally, an examination of how the elderly are portrayed in films. It is with this examination we’ll find conclusions and solutions.
Life stories and how they are portrayed on television and in movies can be quite stereotypical. For example, the old woman in Driving Miss Daisy is not only a snobby rich white woman, but she’s bossy too—evocative of a negative stereotype about someone from that sort of demographic of ‘the rich white lady.’ Another example is the film that comes to mind is the idea that, in Thelma and Louise, both women were in their late 40’s or early 50’s and having mid-life crises which ended in destructive behaviours.
These are just some of the kinds of stereotypes that the elderly face. “The outcome [from one study was] the insight that life stories are fundamental to human identity and allow elders to tap into the ordinary wisdom contained in those stories. The author considers the dynamics of such an environment of wisdom within the gerontological practise in light of a mutual storytelling and listening process.”1
As for men, they are commonly less subject to being stereotyped but evidence of it might be found occasionally. “Findings from the studies revealed age expectations and masculinity norms jointly affected people’s images of old men. Old men were favorably described more often than negatively stereotyped, and there was evidence of distinct late-life masculinity expectations.”2
Mass media tends to shape how people feel about their body images. .  .