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Great Myths of Aging by Lenore T. Szuchman, Joan T. Erber

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3THE SELF

Older people are a disagreeable bunch

A lot of the negative stereotypes about older adults are based on the idea that personality changes with age, and not for the better. Nevertheless, there is considerable evidence that the reverse is true, that personality change is more the exception than the rule. People do not typically grow more neurotic with age and therefore do not somehow age into hypochondriasis. And the same is true for stinginess – people don't get that way with age. However, a young adult who is careful with money is often described in admirable terms, like frugal. When that person is older and is still careful with money, it's really not fair to change the description to stingy. As for grouchy, a lot of young people are grouchy, too.

Myth #17 Older people are hypochondriacs

What a negative thing to say about someone! Even the American ...

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