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Myth: Older Adults Don’t Remember Anything

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Older Adults Don’t Remember Anything Many younger people, even some middle-aged folks believe that older adults have no ability to recall much of anything. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, studies in the last two decades—as the first wave baby boomers reached sixty– blow up this myth. While our short-term memory—what to […]

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Myth: Only Old People Are Aging

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“Only old people are aging.” I want you to think about this belief for a moment. The acceptance of this myth is so pervasive, it took me a few minutes of quiet thinking to see the ageism inherent in it. Do you think of a five year old as aging? In your twenties or thirties […]

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Myth: Older People Need To Be Spoken To Slower And More Simply

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WELL…NOW…LET’S…LOOK…AT…THIS…STEREOTYPE. Sadly, a term even exists for the adoption of slower and simpler speech patterns when talking to a senior: Elderspeak. The American Psychology Association defines elderspeak as: Adjustments in speech patterns, such as speaking more slowly or more loudly, shortening sentences or using limited or less complex vocabulary that are sometimes made by younger […]

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Myth: Old People Should Just Get Used To Being Old

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I find this one of the most confounding ideas of ageism I have ever come across. Authors Bruce E. Blaine and Kimberly J. McClure Brenchley, in their book, The Psychology of Diversity, note that unlike other minorities—racial, LGBT, women– older people acquire their membership as a senior citizen with no gradual induction into this particular […]

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Myth: Fine Craftsmanship Is Only for The Young

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As I read an article about quilting artists in my Craft Magazine, I could feel my heartbeats speeding up, my hackles rising. I was appalled at how the author put her prejudice against older artists so blatantly on display. How could someone think that artistic expression, fine craftsmanship, and intricate needlework are limited to the […]

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Myth: People Like Their Bodies Less When They Get Old

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This is a great myth to bust, especially since our youth-obsessed culture and every media outlet would lead us to believe that seniors despite their ages, only loved their bodies when they were young. However, the results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll, gives us a more accurate view of reality. After interviewing 85,145 American […]

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Myth: All Older (OLD) People Are the Same

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When questioned, many younger people have very limited views of older people. Pioneer researcher, Dr. Mary Lee Hummert found this to be true when comparing the views of younger and older people. Further research expanding on Dr. Hummert’s findings show that younger people think seniors are all pretty much the same. This is especially true […]

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Myth: Learning A Language Is For The Young

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While we know children pick up languages as easily as they pick up dirt from playing outside, the myth that seniors can’t learn a new language, seems a particularly pervasive one many people still believe. Older brains have more data to retrieve, and so sometimes sifting through the files can take a tiny bit longer. […]