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When Does ‘Old Age’ Start? When You Stop Shopping – Yahoo! News

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How old is old? New research finds that for most Americans, old age is not heralded in by a particular birthday, but rather by how a person acts.

In particular, people who still shop for themselves or take care of their own household chores are less likely to be perceived as old, new research shows.

A study by Oregon State University researcher Michelle Barnhart found that the ability to participate in certain activities, such as buying groceries or attending medical appointments, serve as a means of identifying whether someone is “old.”

The research was based on interviews with people in their late 80s, their family members and their paid caregivers.

“When people in their 80s or 90s exhibited characteristics that society tends to associate with people who are not old, such as being aware, active, safe or independent, they were viewed and treated as not old,” Barnhart said. “In this way, they were able to age without getting old.”

Often times, conflicts occur when seniors don’t consider themselves old even though others may view and treat them that way.

via When Does ‘Old Age’ Start? When You Stop Shopping – Yahoo! News.

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Written by edparnell

November 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Posted in Articles, Health

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