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Expectations For Ageing

What do people you know from different life stages envision for themselves as they grow older?

What do people you know from different life stages envision for themselves as they grow older? What are their goals? What steps have they taken to helping make these goals possible?

Interview some of your friends and family at different life stages. (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, etc). Discuss how they envision living their lives when they are 70, when they are 80. Are there examples of people they would like to be like when they age? What can they do now to help them be able to live the way they envision? Do they feel their aspirations are attainable? For people with ageing parents, did they ever expect to become family caregivers? Would they want their children to care for them as they age?

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In the 21st century, dying will become known as a psychological process as much as a physical one. My grandfather died of Alzheimer's. His death was not abrupt, but lasted years. Society must learn to cope with this type of aging, dying and loss.

In the 21st century, dying will become known as a psychological process as much as a physical one. My grandfather died of Alzheimer's. His death was not abrupt, but lasted years. Society must learn to cope with this type of aging, dying and loss.

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Interviewing 2 gero-psychologists, they mentioned the need to be prepared and accept aging and mentioned how society was not preparing us for that.

Interviewing 2 gero-psychologists, they mentioned the need to be prepared and accept aging and mentioned how society was not preparing us for that.

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A TEDMED talk inspired me by describing a website "Let's Have Dinner and Talk about Death" that will help people think about the end of life. Aging (and all of life) is a prelude to death. It is hard to talk about old age and dying, so we don't.

A TEDMED talk inspired me by describing a website "Let's Have Dinner and Talk about Death" that will help people think about the end of life. Aging (and all of life) is a prelude to death. It is hard to talk about old age and dying, so we don't.

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Inspirational people, groups and activities abound where my aging friends live, yet they are unable to take advantage of those resources due to issues such as depression, pain, and preceptions about themselves and ageing that foster isolation.

Inspirational people, groups and activities abound where my aging friends live, yet they are unable to take advantage of those resources due to issues such as depression, pain, and preceptions about themselves and ageing that foster isolation.

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Great novel by Vita Sackville-West about this 88-year-old widow who discovers freedom at 88 to the dismay of her children who had other expectations for her. Inspiring and moving: on the possibility of being oneself.

Great novel by Vita Sackville-West about this 88-year-old widow who discovers freedom at 88 to the dismay of her children who had other expectations for her. Inspiring and moving: on the possibility of being oneself.

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Moving to urban areas where walking is part of their daily routine and activities are plentiful keeps seniors moving and thinking. Can it be affordable?

Moving to urban areas where walking is part of their daily routine and activities are plentiful keeps seniors moving and thinking. Can it be affordable?

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What can the Pixar animation Up (2009) teach us about aging? One lesson from the movie is the importance of goals, adventures, and mentality in helping people to age healthily and happily.

What can the Pixar animation Up (2009) teach us about aging? One lesson from the movie is the importance of goals, adventures, and mentality in helping people to age healthily and happily.

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Retirement communities that provide their residents with graduated degrees of care depending on their needs allow people to stay in familiar surroundings with familiar people as they require increasing amounts of aid and medical attention.

Retirement communities that provide their residents with graduated degrees of care depending on their needs allow people to stay in familiar surroundings with familiar people as they require increasing amounts of aid and medical attention.

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I have been inspired by India’s Joint Family System of ‘Big families Happy Families’,which is now only to be seen in small towns. The joint family system with elderly as the head of family – the main decision makers,teachers and best buddies of kids.

I have been inspired by India’s Joint Family System of ‘Big families Happy Families’,which is now only to be seen in small towns. The joint family system with elderly as the head of family – the main decision makers,teachers and best buddies of kids.

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