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AgingBodyAdult children are right to be aware of their parents’ physical and mental changes since there’s no way to stop the aging process. However, as a columnist on caregiving and a forum moderator, I’m seeing something very scary happening far too often. Ageism is overtaking common sense and respect. The fact that someone is over 65, and perhaps has arthritis and controlled high blood pressure, does not make this person cognitively unstable. Dementia doesn’t necessarily step in even after – gasp! – age 70.

Read full article on HealthCentral about aging and the differences in people - not all have dementia:

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The stories in this fine book showed us how others have gone through similar things with their families and that is somehow reassuring. There are some helpful suggestions but mostly there is the recognition that others went through the same thing. All we can do is our best. That is greatly reassuring during these difficult emotional times. If you are a caregiver, this is a must-read. - Delores Edwards

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Thank you, Mary! I do get tired of seeing older adults lose their ability to choose just to make adult children feel like they don't have to worry. I have done plenty of worrying about my elders but I also know that lack of choice is a killer. Why go on? I truly appreciate your comment. I want to do more to stop this ageism that is so rampant.
Carol

This is an excellent piece. Yes, the people over 60 do have some health issues, but they have many skills that can be used to better their lives. There are several negative ideas and myths about aging that should be busted.

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