Activity 2 - Facts on Aging

This is a quick quiz to test your knowledge about aging. You have 5 minutes to complete it. Read each question and then answer True or False. Don't over-think it. No one is going to see your answers. Just give the first answer that seems right to you.

Facts on Aging Quiz

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  1. The majority of old people - age 65 and plus - have Alzheimer's Disease.
    F
  2. The five senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell) all tend to decline in old age.
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  3. Most old people lose interest in and capacity for sexual relations.
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  4. Older adults have more trouble sleeping than younger adults do.
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  5. Clinical depression occurs more frequently in older than younger people.
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  6. Physical strength tends to decline with age.
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  7. Most older people live in nursing homes.
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  8. Most older drivers are quite capable of safely operating a motor vehicle.
    T
  9. Older workers cannot work as effectively as younger workers.
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  10. Older persons take longer to recover from physical and psychological stress.
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  11. Older people do not adapt as well as younger age groups when they relocate to a new environment
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  12. Memory loss is a normal part of aging
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  13. The life expectancy of men at age 65 is about the same as that of women
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  14. Most older adults consider their health to be good
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  15. In general, old people tend to be pretty much alike
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  16. The majority of old people say that they are seldom bored
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  17. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are significantly greater problems in those over age 65 than in those under age 65
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  18. Older adults are less anxious about death than younger and middle-aged adults
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  19. Personality changes with age
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  20. As people live longer, they face fewer acute conditions and more chronic health conditions
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  21. Old people tend to become more religious as they age
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  22. A person's height tends to decline in old age
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  23. It is very difficult for older adults to learn new things
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  24. Older females exhibit better health care practices than older males
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  25. The modern family no longer takes care of its elderly
    F

You can check your answers against the answers now shown beside each question.

  • What surprised you?
  • In what ways has your understanding of aging been changed or challenged?
  • In what ways has your idea or image of yourself as an older adult been changed or challenged?

Summary

  • The purpose of these first two activities was to encourage you to reflect on your own aging.
  • Whether we admit it or not, most of us have sterotypes about aging and older adults.
  • Sterotypes are simply collections of beliefs that we use to categorize and process information. And they are not necessarily bad.
  • Some sterotypes about older adults can even be good - for example, seniors are wise, seniors are kind, seniors are safe drivers.
  • The problem with stereotypes is that thye an become over-generalized and over-used.

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