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Views and attitudes toward older adults changed significantly over the 20th century. While elders in traditional societies are often respected as possessors of wisdom, holding the status of heads of families, the shifting cultural focus in modern times has reduced the social status of older adults. Most older adults experience successful aging, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. However, they are also at increased risk of experiencing social isolation, loneliness, and depression. Better understanding the factors that contribute to aging well can help individuals have more authority over their own aging process.

Myths of Aging

Many people hold assumptions that significant physical and mental decline is a normal part of the aging process. Factors such as depression, decreasing activities, reduced socialization, and development of dementia may ...

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