Bruce Horovitz Kaiser Health News

My perception of old age is inextricably linked to my grandmother. When I was a kid, I thought this 65-year-old, white-haired woman whose entire body wobbled when she walked was very old. Now that I’m 66, my personal perception – or perhaps, misperception – of old age has changed. I suspect I’ve got lots of company.

Many of us are convinced that while everyone else is aging, that person we see in the mirror every morning is magically aging at a somehow slower pace. The age confusion can start early. A 2018 Michigan State University online study of respondents ages 10 to 89 revealed that most think middle age begins at 30 – and that old age begins at, OMG, 50.

Another study, from the University of Zurich published in 2011, determined that older adults often try to avoid the negative stereotypes of their age group by distancing themselves from their age group. Yet another study, from Columbia University, in 2018 found considerable evidence that…

This article was sourced from USA TODAY.

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