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When Does Someone Become ‘Old’? Calling someone old is generally not considered polite, because the word, accurate though it might be, is frequently considered pejorative. It’s a label that people tend to shy away from: In 2016, the Marist Poll asked American adults if they thought a 65-year-old qualified as old. Sixty percent of the youngest respondents—those between 18 and 29—said yes, but that percentage declined the older respondents were; only 16 percent of adults 60 or older made the same judgment. It seems that the closer people get to old age themselves, the later they think it starts.-  The

senior man blowing out dozens of birthday candlesIt’s Time Society Got Over Denial About Aging We are an aging society with more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 5. People are living longer. Age 85+ is the fastest-growing age group. If we fail to address the issues impacting the quality of our lives as we age, millions of older adults will eventually become economically disadvantaged or destitute.-

closeup of senior's handsWe’re Getting Old, but We’re Not Doing Anything About It Like climate change, the aging of America demands serious reconsideration of the way we live. Confronting the issue and its many implications, from Medicare’s failure to cover long-term care to the ethics of physician-assisted dying, requires what seems to be the most difficult task for human beings — thinking about the future.-

Senior with young child reading together.Study Finds Ageism Interventions Do Change Attitudes  The World Health Organization says ageism is the most socially acceptable prejudice in the world and deems it such a serious public health threat that it commissioned studies on five aspects of it. One of these studies set out to determine whether intervention programs can actually change people’s attitudes and reduce ageism.-

couple on couxh wil abstract graphics around themAgeism: A ‘Prevalent and Insidious’ Health Threat The World Health Organization has begun four studies intended to define ageism and identify ways to combat it.-