Rhetoric & Stereotypes.
...stereotypes heaped upon them, which include: grumpy, old, leaky, sickly, frail, poor, forgetful, repetitive, mean, doddering, docile, childlike, dependent, ornery, people who live in the past, long-winded, toothless, bald or balding, cheap when it comes to money, hard-of-hearing, blind, sight-impaired, dependent on prescription drugs, unsteady, bad drivers, and people who have decreased mobility. The only positive stereotypes include that senior citizens are wistful, reminiscing, wise, professorial, and frugal.
The language that we use in American culture tends to enforce certain stereotypes that we have of each of these groups. Politicians... Rhetoric and Stereotypes: Politicians, Tattooed...