Great Myths of Aging

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If you think aging is all about memory loss, hearing aids, and walkers - think again. Most of what society tells us about aging and older adulthood is simply not true for most people. Armed with the most up-to-date research and scientific evidence, Great Myths of Aging dispels the myriad myths, misconceptions, and "anti-aging" stereotypes.The authors explore the origins and evolution of the common stereotypes about the elderly - the negative ones (old people are withdrawn and grouchy) as well as the positive ones (with age comes wisdom).While writing with humor and verve, the authors also highlight the serious side of our unexamined beliefs : that deep hurt and damage can be caused when we take these myths as true. Great Myths of Aging sets the record straight on the elderly by revealing how so much of the stereotypical thinking on the topic is, well, getting old !



Great Myths of Aging looks at the generalizations and stereotypes associated with older people and, with a blend of humor and cutting-edge research, dispels those common myths.. Reader-friendly structure breaks myths down into categories such as Body, Mind, and Living Contexts; and looks at myths from "Older people lose interest in sex" to "Older people are stingy"

Praise for Great Myths of Aging "A good read for everyone who wants a balanced and accessible summary of the current scientific evidence on aspects of aging of most concern to people's everyday lives." Professor Elizabeth A. Maylor, University of Warwick "An engaging read, this book will reassure the older and educate the younger. Myth-busting at its playful, informative best." Michael ...

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