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Relating to Old People Evaluation - ROPE Cheat Sheet by

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Introd­uction - Agism Measure

Ageism is the stereo­typing of older adults based on chrono­logical age. It is a form of prejudice and discri­min­ation similar to racism and sexism, which allows younger genera­tions to view older adults as separate from mainstream society. Ageist language and imagery often leads to stereo­types of older adults as weak, frail and disabled. In contrast, there are also positive stereo­types of aging, when people assume that all older adults are wise or caring. Ageism includes prejudice (stere­otypes and attitu­des), personal discri­min­ation (behav­iours), and instit­utional discri­min­ation (policies and practi­ces).

The Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE) is a self-r­eport measure of the frequency and type of ageist behaviors. ROPE is a 20-item questi­onnaire that measures personal discri­min­ation through 14 statements that reflect negative types of ageism, and 6 statements that reflect positive types of ageism

Scoring ROPE

Respon­dents choose one of three responses to each question.
Never=0, Someti­mes=1, and Often=2
Total score may be summed within each dimension and expressed as a proportion of the highest score possible for that dimension; or the number of items in a dimension with a Sometimes or Often response is divided by the number of items in that dimension (6 or 14) to result in the proportion of positive or negative behaviours reported.

The first score is based on both the number and frequency of reported behavi­ours; the second score measures just the number of different reported behavi­ours.
 

ROPE Questions

( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
1. Compliment old people on how well they look, despite their age.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
2. Send birthday cards to old people that joke about their age.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
3. Enjoy conver­sations with old people because of their age.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
4. Tell old people jokes about old age.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
5. Hold doors open for old people because of their age.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
6. Tell an old person, “You’re too old for that.”
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
7. Offer to help an old person across the street because of their age.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
8. When I find out an old person’s age, I may say, “You don’t look that old.”
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
9. Ask an old person for advice because of their age.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
10. When an old person has an ailment, I may say, “That’s normal at your age.”
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
11. When an old person can’t remember something, I may say, “That’s what they call a ‘Senior Moment’”.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
12. Talk louder or slower to old people because of their age.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
13. Use simple words when talking to old people.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
14. Ignore old people because of their age.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
15. Vote for an old person because of their age.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
16. Vote against an old person because of their age.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
17. Avoid old people because of their age.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
18. Avoid old people because they are cranky.
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
19. When a slow driver is in front of me, I may think, “It must be an old person.”
( 0 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
20. Call an old woman, “young lady,” or call an old man, “young man.
(1-14) _____ (15-20) _____
Totals of Questi­ons

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