Dorie S

Stereotype Threat and Aging Memory

by Dorie S

Creative Commons Monday April 25, 2016

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My grandma's memory seems to be getting worse ever since we put her in the nursing home

I'm sorry to hear that

Sometimes she even forgets my name!

That must be really hard on you

Does she get to make any decisions on her own anymore?

Not really. Mom says it's better if we decide things for her

Does your family usually take over when she is doing something?

Yeah, we like to be helpful!

Have you ever talked about old people having worse memory in front of her?

Hmmm... I guess I probably have

I think she may be experiencing something called stereotype threat

What's that?

It's when someone starts to internalize the negative stereotypes that they hear about themself

In your grandma's case, the way you are treating her and the things you have said have made her feel incompetent and forgetful

Often, when people experience stereotype threat they feel inadequate, and this can hinder their cognitive abilities...

These cognitive resources have been taken away from her memory, making it worse.

So instead of helping her, what we have been doing has been hurting her? I feel terrible!

If you guys start giving her a little more responsibility it might help with her memory!

Ok! I'll definitely try that. Thanks!

My grandma's memory seems to be getting worse ever since we put her in the nursing home | I'm sorry to hear that Sometimes she even forgets my name! | That must be really hard on you Does she get to make any decisions on her own anymore? | Not really. Mom says it's better if we decide things for her Does your family usually take over when she is doing something? | Yeah, we like to be helpful! Have you ever talked about old people having worse memory in front of her? | Hmmm... I guess I probably have I think she may be experiencing something called stereotype threat | What's that? It's when someone starts to internalize the negative stereotypes that they hear about themself In your grandma's case, the way you are treating her and the things you have said have made her feel incompetent and forgetful Often, when people experience stereotype threat they feel inadequate, and this can hinder their cognitive abilities... These cognitive resources have been taken away from her memory, making it worse. | So instead of helping her, what we have been doing has been hurting her? I feel terrible! If you guys start giving her a little more responsibility it might help with her memory! | Ok! I'll definitely try that. Thanks!

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Dorie S

Dorie S

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