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Growing older : what young people should know about aging
Langone, John, 1929-2006.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown and Co., [1991]

Physical Description:
172 pages ; 22 cm
Discusses some of the truths, myths, and popular misconceptions of the aging process.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1270 Lexile.
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The author looks at the ageing process, exploring the truths as well as the misconceptions often associated with the term old age.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. Endeavoring to close the gap between generations, Langone writes directly to teenagers about their aging relatives. Know the medications they take, he advises. Give them a break when they're confused or slower than you'd like, but never think that aging must mean that a person stops learning, feeling, or contributing to society. As readers familiar with Langone have come to expect, there's a lot of fact to bolster his counsel. And, as usual, everything is delivered in a relaxed, almost conversational voice that is worlds away from dry textbook jargon. He begins with a look at what teenagers think aging is, using answers to two questions: How old is old? and How is old different? Responses run the gamut from the insightful to the insensitive: "Old age is when you let your age affect your personality"; "Different? Yes. They listen to Mel Torme and Robert Goulet when we listen to U2 and Guns 'n' Roses"; or "They're usually a pain in the ass." Langone then goes on to explore what we know and don't know about the aging process and some of the physical and emotional ailments that may come with getting older--alcoholism, Alzheimer's, arthritis, and the notion of "rational suicide." He carefully explodes misconceptions about the elderly, and he gives numerous examples of the contributions seniors have made in the past and continue to make today. He also compares attitudes toward the aging in America with attitudes toward seniors in other countries. His stated goal is to encourage YAs to come to terms with the aging process, "not fearfully or with distaste" and while they're still young; toward that end, he certainly presents much to consider. ~--Stephanie Zvirin

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-- The realities--positive and negative--of the aging process. Readers are urged to show sensitivity regarding their elders, and to understand that, as tomorrow's older generation, they have a vital stake in society's attitudes. The book provides a reassuring economic and health profile of Americans over 65 and hopeful predictions for future seniors. An illustrious list of older achievers includes Frank Lloyd Wright, Representative Claude Pepper, Pablo Picasso, Linus Pauling, and B. F. Skinner. Langone compares our youth-oriented society with others that honor and find useful roles for the elderly. Scientific information is presented in clear language; also discussed are ailments common to the elderly, such as arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer. Readers are encouraged to learn all they can and are advised on assisting older family members. Various theories of the mechanisms of biological aging are traced from Ponce de Leon to contemporary studies in genetic engineering--including all-out efforts to stop, slow, and reverse the clock. Such scientific ``miracles'' may never happen, but Langone's message is here-and-now common sense, and eloquently stated. Excellent for reference, reports, and general information. --Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Lib . , NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Why Should a Teenager Know about Being Old?p. 3
2 Who Are the Elderly?p. 10
3 Why Do We Age?p. 22
4 25Aa Physical Ailments of the Elderlyp. 32
5 Problems with Livingp. 65
6 &squr; Putting Down the Elderlyp. 86
7 &squr; How Other Cultures View Old Agep. 105
8 Dispelling Some Myths of Agingp. 119
9 Will We Ever Conquer Aging?p. 137
10 What Kind of Old Person Will You Be?p. 158
Chapter Notes

p. 164

Indexp. 167