Unfolding Ageism

By: Gregory Neocleous   Buse Erzeybek  

This paper presents the first survey ever conducted in Cyprus of the views and perceptions that Cypriots have of old age. In particular, the researchers, Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot social workers, wanted to explore the issue of ageism within the two Cypriot communities, the Greek-Cypriot (Greek-speaking) and the Turkish-Cypriot (Turkish-speaking). Against any odds, the two social workers, one from each community, began collaborating towards the exploration and comparison of social issues in the two Cypriot ethnic communities. Because the two communities have been forced to live separately since 1974, researchers aimed to investigate whether this long separation affected their views on old age. The study was also run online, and the survey was designed with the use of Google Forms. Although the results of the study are not significantly different between the two communities, the current survey explores the preservation of common cultural and social views and values among the two ethnic communities, despite their forced separation.

Ageism, Older Adults, Greek-Cypriots, Turkish-Cypriots
Social and Cultural Perspectives on Aging
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Dr. Gregory Neocleous

I hold a degree in social work (BSW, MSSW) and a PhD in social work and social policy. I am an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. My research interests include old age, social insurance with focus on retirement pensions and how they affect quality of life of older people. Recent research activities have focused on happiness in old age in and out nursing homes and social reintegration of older people through group work. I have also participated in several research activities regarding asylum seekers in Cyprus with focus on the quality of life in a foreign country, the quality of services, as well as training to professionals on different cultures. Regarding my work experience this includes work with older people in senior centres and advocacy work for asylum seekers. 

Buse Erzeybek

Lecturer, Cyprus International University