Agency on Aging

Myth:

Ageism is not a real issue

Fact:

In a survey of older adults, 80% reported experiencing ageism

Myth:

Older adults do little more than sit around, watch television, and sleep

Fact:

Almost half of people over 55 volunteer regularly

Myth:

Most people over 75 are sick all the time.

Fact:

Two-thirds -- 66% -- of adults over 75 report having good or very good health

Myth:

If you haven't succeeded before 50 you won't find success

Fact:

Many individuals find their life's passion later in life

Myth:

Most old people live in nursing homes

Fact:

Over 95% of people over 65 live at home

Myth:

Old people don't understand technology

Fact:

42% of people over 50 use Facebook

Myth:

Old people are a drain on society

Fact:

Americans over 50 have over $3 trillion of disposable income

Myth:

Dementia is a normal and inevitable part of aging

Fact:

Only 5% of the population over 60 suffer from Alzheimer’s disease

Myth:

No one over 90 should live alone

Fact:

33% of centenarians live independently

Myth:

Old age kills your libido

Fact:

Individuals' sexual activity remains constant until about age 70

STOP Ageism Now

Please stand up and be counted!  We are asking you to take the pledge and sign your name as a commitment to do your share in fighting ageism.  We need your voice!

Take the Pledge

 
Ageism is an often overlooked barrier that exists across most communities in the US. Ageism puts unfair limitations on older adults’ abilities to live to their fullest potential and devalues them as individuals.

As part of our mission to advocate for independence, we are committed to building awareness, breaking down stereotypes and challenging unfair policies to stop ageism now. Join us in this work to create a culture where we celebrate the life experiences and achievements of older individuals. Our ultimate goal is to bring back the belief that aging is a natural part of life and not a problem to be solved.

A Message from AOASCC's President & CEO

What others are doing to Stop Ageism Now

"I will be increasingly aware that my conversations about a patient's care needs to include them and not talk exclusively to the family. Just because people are older doesn't mean they can't tell how they want to be cared for."

- Dawnmarie Hunter, Seymour

"My grandmother was always the coolest person. She lived to 96 years young and was an inspiration to all who took the time to know her. I would rather hang out with Gram than anyone else, even as a teenager. My friends all loved her and would want to join us when Gram and I got together. She taught me that EVERYONE AT EVERY AGE has value and should be celebrated!"

- Kathy Maturo , Orange

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