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Monday, March 10, 2014
Anyone who works with older adults needs to be "in the know" about realities of aging. We need be able to differentiate between the truths about aging and the many myths and stereotypes that exist so that we base our interactions with them on a solid knowledge foundation.
Test your knowledge about older people and the aging process. Complete the following true or false statements. The answers can be found below.
Answers to the Aging Quiz: All of the answers are False, except for numbers 3 and 10.
Possible consequences if or when older people and professionals confuse pathologic conditions with normal aging:
It is important that anyone that works with older people have an adequate geriatric education. We have a responsibility to:
Many people make "age excuses" which is basically attributing problems such as forgetfulness to old age rather than illness and potentially treatable conditions. A 2002 study by Ryan and colleagues explored "age excuses" and found they often undermine the self-perception of older people and threaten self-esteem if the older person believed the excuse.3
Some aging resources:
1. Excerpts from quiz developed by the Center on Aging Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
2. Miller, C. (2004). Aging for Wellness in Older Adults:Theory and practice. 4th Ed. New York: Lippincott, Williams & Williams
3. Ryan, E. B., Bieman-Copland, S., Kwong See, S.T., Ellis, C. H., & Anas, A. P. (2002). Age Excuses: Conversational Management of Memory Failures in Older Adults. Journal of Gerontology, 57, 256- 267.
GERO GEMS are a monthly publication of the Center for Aging with Dignity. Compiled by Evelyn Fitzwater, Gero Gems is designed to raise awareness of aging and related issues impacting health care professionals and our society as a whole.
Last Reviewed: Aug 02, 2010
Evelyn L Fitzwater, DSN, RN
Associate Professor Emerita
Associate Director of the
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati