ACA Blog

Carol Whiteley
Nov 12, 2010


Wikipedia, the free on-line dictionary, describes ageism as stereotyping and discrimination against individuals or groups because of their age. It is a set of beliefs, attitudes,, norms, and values that justify prejudice and discrimination. We often hold unconscious thoughts and feelings about older people that automatically come into play that devalue a person who we perceive as "over- the- hill" simply because they have wrinkles or are at the age of retirement.

The entertainment industry is on the forefront of helping people rethink their long- held stereotypical thinking about what it is like to be older. They continue to perform (Rod Stewart, Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Mic Jagger, Cher, Barbara Walters) and do a pretty good job of it. Barbara Walters is one of my idols. She has done more to break stereotypical ideas of what is possible for older women than anyone I know.

As an older counseling student, I will be working past the"normal" time of retirement. I also hope to help change people's perceptions of what it means to be old by being an older woman who continues to contribute to society and to grow as a person.

Carol Whiteley is a counselor in training at Argosy University in Atlanta.

Contact Name

Contact Title

Contact Email

Contact Phone

Related Info


  1. RadEditor - HTML WYSIWYG Editor. MS Word-like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools, dropdowns, dialogs, system modules and built-in spell-check.
    RadEditor's components - toolbar, content area, modes and modules
    Toolbar's wrapper 
    Content area wrapper
    RadEditor's bottom area: Design, Html and Preview modes, Statistics module and resize handle.
    It contains RadEditor's Modes/views (HTML, Design and Preview), Statistics and Resizer
    Editor Mode buttonsStatistics moduleEditor resizer
    RadEditor's Modules - special tools used to provide extra information such as Tag Inspector, Real Time HTML Viewer, Tag Properties and other.
Join Now

  • Learn more about your specialty—join a division
  • Maximize your Professional Development
  • Stay ahead of the educational learning curve
  • Advocate for the counseling care of tomorrow
  • Expand your networking connections
  • More Member Benefits