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By Kathy Beeks
Valley Journal 

Changing attitudes key to addressing ageism

To age well, experts say, kids need education about growing old


August 13, 2020

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Second grade students from Seeley Lake Elementary wore their costumes last Halloween and joined in with the Seeley Lake Senior Center's Costume Party. It was a fun event that everyone enjoyed where both the seniors and the students were able to make an intergenerational connection.

Who's getting older? We all are. Yet denial, misinformation and fear often characterize this universal experience.

One hundred years ago life expectancy was about 47 years. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by 2050 one in five Americans will be 65 or older.

Lengthening lifespans require a more informed and positive approach to aging, both for individuals and society. Ann Karpf, British author of "How We Age," said, "Each time we see an older person, we need to imagine them as our future self, and rather than recoil from their wrinkles or infirmities...

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