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Gerontophobia is the fear of growing old, or a hatred or fear of the elderly.[1]



Ken Dychtwald identifies seven markers that can make up this phobia in chapter two of Age Wave: How the Most Important Trend of Our Time Will Change Your Future[2]:

  • If young is good, then old is bad
  • If the young have it all, the old are losing it
  • If the young are creative, the old are dull
  • If the young are beautiful then the old are unattractive
  • If the young are stimulating, then the old are boring
  • If the young are full of passion, then the old are beyond caring
  • If the children are tomorrow, the old represent yesterday


  1. ^ "Gerontophobia, Ageing and Retirement" Current Science, 10 November 2004
  2. ^ Dychtwald, Ken; Flower, Joe (1990). Age wave: the challenges and opportunities of an aging America. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-34806-4.  

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