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Great Myths of Aging

This book takes 40 myths and stereotypes related to ageing and older people and explores them for accuracy.

Split into sections, the concise and humorous book covers the body and mind, and explains the origins of misconceptions about aging.

At the core of this short, fun text is the argument that older people should never be stigmatised and should be active collaborators in not just their care, but their lives. The authors deliver a powerful message as they thread a diverse range of evidence-based research throughout their text.

The ‘myths’ addressed are generally engaging and sometimes quirky – for example, ‘older people get into more car accidents than younger people’ – and lengthy references are included.

It is an excellent way to digest key issues and evidence for an essay quickly, but the heavy use of United States-centred statistics means it appears to be a study of age in America, and is not as UK-focused.

However, its discussion on the consequences of anti-aging stereotypes will make this book of greatest benefit to undergraduate nursing students, who might begin their practice with preconceived ideas about what older people can and can’t do – which ultimately can undermine their experience in care.

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