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Common Aging Myths

This two-minute video from the multimedia web portal, Big Think, features Robert Butler from the International Longevity Center discussing and refuting common myths about aging. Stereotypes discussed include those about health and awareness, being able to contribute to society, sexual and intimate relationships, independence, and the ability to continue learning.

 

discussion

What myths and stereotypes about older people are mentioned in this video? What kind of evidence or information does he use to refute these myths?

What kind of skills and experiences are identified in the video that can be great ways for people to continue learning more as they age?

How do the kinds of assumptions we make about people as they get older affect how we treat them? How might this play out at school, in our families, at work, and in our communities?

What assumptions or myths do we have about other age groups?