Getting Wise about Getting Old

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A grey tsunami is sweeping the land, wreaking social and financial havoc. Sound familiar? This myth about aging, along with twenty-eight others, is the focus of Getting Wise about Getting Old, which paints a far more accurate and nuanced portrait of old age. In it, experts debunk persistent stereotypes about aging on a broad array of social issues - from retirement (seniors are wealthy) to housing (most older adults live in long-term care accommodation), and violence (senior women are not victims of sexual assault) to political participation (seniors are conservative and resistant to change) - deconstructing and countering them with the latest findings. The work of two leading research groups in Quebec, the short and accessible chapters in this vitally important book contribute to a better understanding of the social challenges, as well as the advantages, of an aging society.

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