The Truth About Aging

Government booklet helps dispel myths on growing old

SATURDAY, March 13, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- There's a new, free booklet that can help you separate fact from fiction when it comes to aging.

The booklet, What's Your Aging IQ?, is from the U.S. National Institute on Aging. It offers short stories about fictional older people coping with issues such as weight training and bone density, smoking cessation, vision problems, sexuality, and hypothermia.

These stories are followed by true/false, yes/no, and multiple choice questions about growing older. You record your answers on a pull-out sheet and compare them to the correct answers, which are accompanied by explanations.

The booklet helps dispel cultural myths that portray older people as frail, depressed, and forgetful. In fact, many age-related health declines are the result of lifestyle factors, including poor diet and lack of regular exercise.

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SOURCE: U.S. National Institute on Aging, news release, March 2004
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