Old Age a triumph of development

Population ageing is one of the great triumphs of development, meaning that ‘for the first time in human history the majority of people can expect to survive into old age’.

All of us have opinions about older people, and expectations – possibly fears – of our own ageing process. These may be formed from our own experiences and our relationships with older people, but are probably also affected by the many stereotypes which surround this issue.

Here are some myths and misconceptions about ageing and older people, and some facts which challenge some of our most commonly held beliefs and views.


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