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Confronting Society's Aging Myths

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Confronting Society's Aging Myths

Approximately one out of every five Americans is 65 years of age or older, the numbers are growing.

As the years and quality of life are lengthened, old age is being redefined. For example, some sociologists are extending middle age up to 65.  People from 66 to 75 are referred to as the young old.  Those from 76 to 85 are considered old and if you are 86 and above you may be called the frail elderly.

We spend one-forth of our lives growing up, and three-fourths of our lives growing old.

Although our society spends time and money helping older people understand teenagers, very little time and money is spent helping younger people understand those who are older.  In fact, there is a tendency on the part of younger people to isolate older people away from their activities.  Perhaps this is a way that some of the younger generations deals with their fear of death.

Confronting Myths

We need to confront the ignorance and myths of society‚Äôs understanding of aging and older people by providing accurate information.  In fact, interview some old people and you may get a surprise.  Let us briefly look at some of these myths.  Continuing Reading