ATTITUDES ABOUT AGING. Objectives. Describe the Graying of America concept and the demographic trends of older adults in the United States. Discuss the concept of ageism and its relevance to nursing. Delineate myths about aging and understand why they are false.
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Young Old = 65-74
Old Old = 75-84
Oldest Old = 85+
In 2002, 65+ was 35.6 million (12.3% of US population)
In 2030, 65+ will be 71.5 million ( 20% of the US population)
“OVER the Hill”
Aging as growing (adaptation)
Aging as life-long learning
Aging as self expression
Aging as a wisdom
Aging as a spiritual journey
Aging as a developmental process