• Daniela Tatiana Șoitu Prof.Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Social Work, Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Carol I 11, 700506, Iaşi, Romania; tel. +40 722837241;


social vulnerability, labelying, older people, social networks, stereotype, migration.


Social vulnerabilities are often linked to the ageing process and to persons or cohorts over a certain age. The social dimension of vulnerability reflects the exogenous or extrinsic factor and mechanism of vulnerabilities. Among these, the most cited factors having the potential to influence older adults’ life are: socioeconomic status (SES), deprivation, social support, social isolation or exclusion, social networks, social engagement, mastery and sense of control over life circumstances, social capital, and social cohesion. Article brings up these issues focusing on the danger of stereotyping on ageing. Features of social vulnerability are highlighted in specific contexts, including that of migration. We are concluding on aging as an individual process, underpinned by different lifestyles, various personal and social problems of older persons, their expectations and the solutions proposed. A stereotype on the homogeneity of the ageing process and the association of a certain age with frailty and risks are factors that sustain social vulnerability on this context.


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