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The Myths of Aging/Ageing

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What are the popular myths about aging/ageing and what evidence is there to refute those myths?

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This solution outlines some popular myths about aging/ageing and what evidence there is to refute those myths.

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Myth #1: To be old is to be sick. Researchers (in North America) have found that older people are more likely to age in good health than to become decrepit and dependent. Of adults age 65 to 74, 89% report no disability. Even in advanced older age, an overwhelming majority have little disability due to ailments such as arthritis.

Myth #2: Pack your bags for the nursing home. Contrary to the ...

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