Growing Older: What Young People Should Know about Aging

Growing Older: What Young People Should Know about Aging

Growing Older: What Young People Should Know about Aging

Growing Older: What Young People Should Know about Aging

Synopsis

Discusses some of the truths, myths, and popular misconceptions of the aging process.

Excerpt

The future has a habit of suddenly and dramatically becoming the present. --Roger Babson

Growing old -- what does it mean? When you were in first grade, sixth-graders were "the big kids." People in high school were practically adults. Your parents were decidedly "old" and your grandparents were "aged." Growing up was something you expected, but aging, growing old, would never happen to you.

Biologically speaking, aging is a process that begins from the moment we are conceived in our mothers' wombs. You are aging right now, just as I am, writing these words at age fifty-nine. And what of "old"? You probably think of me as old; my mother, who is eightythree, thinks of me as young. The people who are . . .

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