<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Great Myths of Aging (Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../BookSummary_6297.htm">Great Myths of Aging</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../../../Authors/E/Author_Erber (Joan T.).htm">Erber (Joan T.)</a> & <A HREF = "../../../Authors/S/Author_Szuchman (Lenore T.).htm">Szuchman (Lenore T.)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_6297.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><u>Amazon Book Description</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Great Myths of Aging looks at the generalizations and stereotypes associated with older people and, with a blend of humor and cutting edge research, dispels those common myths. </li><li>Reader-friendly structure breaks myths down into categories such as Body, Mind, and Living Contexts; and looks at myths from  Older people lose interest in sex to  Older people are stingy Explains the origins of myths and misconceptions about aging Looks at the unfortunate consequences of anti-aging stereotypes for both the reader and older adults in society. </li></ol></FONT><BR><u>Back Cover Blurb</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>If you think aging is all about memory loss, hearing aids, and walkers  think again. Most of what society tells us about aging and older adulthood is simply not true for most people. Armed with the most up-to-date research and scientific evidence, <em>Great Myths of Aging</em> dispels the myriad myths, misconceptions, and  anti aging stereotypes. </li><li>The authors explore the origins and evolution of the common stereotypes about the elderly, both the negative ones (old people are withdrawn and grouchy) as well as the positive ones (with age comes wisdom). </li><li>While writing with humor and verve, the authors also highlight the serious side of our unexamined beliefs: that deep hurt and damage can be caused when we take these myths as true. </li><li><em>Great Myths of Aging</em> sets the record straight on the elderly by revealing how so much of the stereotypical thinking on the topic is, well, getting old. </li><li><b>Joan T. Erber</b> is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Florida International University. She is the author of <em>Adult Development and Aging</em>, 3rd edition (Wiley, 2013). Dr. Erber is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the American Psychological Association (APA). </li><li><b>Lenore T. Szuchman</b> is a developmental psychologist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Barry University. She is the author of <em>Writing with Style: APA Style Made Easy</em>, and co-editor of <em>Psychological Perspectives on Human Sexuality</em>.</li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><ul type="disc"><li>John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (14 Oct 2014)</li><li>Great Myths of Psychology</li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20348.htm">Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging: Introduction</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20491.htm">Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging: The Body</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging, Chapter 1<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Myths</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li><b>"Speak up! I can't hear you!" </b>  6 <ol type="1"><li>It is best to speak to an older person as you would to a small child - loudly, slowly, and with exaggerated emphasis  7 </li><li>Hearing aids are beneficial for older adults in just about any situation, but many are just too stubborn to use them  9 </li></ol></li><li><b>You can't be too careful (or ... falling down and crashing cars) </b>  12 <ol start = "3" type="1"><li>Older people worry too much about falling  13 </li><li>Older people get into more car accidents than younger people  15 </li></ol></li><li><b>Now that you don't have sex anymore... </b>  20 <ol start = "5" type="1"><li>Older people lose interest in sex  20 </li><li>Older women do not care about their looks  25 </li><li>Older people need to wear diapers, and how sexy is that?  29 </li><li>It's always best for older adults to be married rather than single  32 </li></ol> </li></ul></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20492.htm">Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging: The Mind</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging, Chapter 2<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Myths</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li><b>"I'm just having a senior moment"</b>  37 <ol start = "9" type="1"><li>Brain power declines with age  38 </li><li>Older adults can't or won't learn new things - like technology. They would rather get a stupid phone than a smart one  42 </li></ol></li><li><b>"Did I tell you this already?" </b>  46 <ol start = "11" type="1"><li>As people grow older, they get forgetful, and this is always a sign of dementia  46 </li><li>Alzheimer's disease, dementia - they're one and the same  50 </li><li>There's no help for Alzheimer's, so don't waste time or money on diagnosis of memory problems  52 </li></ol></li><li><b>Older but wiser</b>  55 <ol start = "14" type="1"><li>Wisdom comes with age, so older adults are wise  56 </li><li>Older adults are suckers and are easy prey for scam artists  59 </li><li>Older people are extra cautious when they have to make decisions  63 </li></ol> </li></ul></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20493.htm">Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging: The Self</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging, Chapter 3<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Myths</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li><b>Older people are a disagreeable bunch</b>  66 <ol start = "17" type="1"><li>Older people are hypochondriacs  67 </li><li>Older people are stingy  71 </li><li>Older people are grouchy  75 </li></ol></li><li><b>"Give me my lunch. Now go away." </b>  78 <ol start = "20" type="1"><li>Older adults prefer to be taken care of - they don't want a lot of responsibilities  78 </li><li>Older people are introverted and prefer to spend time alone  81 </li></ol></li><li><b>Why try to improve your life if the future is so brief? </b>  85 <ol start = "22" type="1"><li>Older adults have given up any hopes and dreams  85 </li><li>Older people are set in their ways  87 </li><li>Growing old is depressing; no wonder older people are more depressed than younger people  90 </li><li>Older adults do not benefit significantly from therapy  92 </li></ol> </li></ul></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20494.htm">Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging: Living Contexts</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging, Chapter 4<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Myths</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li><b>Growing old can only mean there is more opportunity to enjoy the bliss of family relationships</b>  98 <ol start = "26" type="1"><li>Older adults would choose living with kids and grandkids rather than living alone  99 </li><li>Older adults want to spend all their time with grandkids and they never have favorites  102 </li><li>Sibling relationships are stable throughout life  105 </li></ol></li><li><b>Retirement is for sissies</b>  108 <ol start = "29" type="1"><li>Older workers are inferior to younger workers  109 </li><li>Older adults hardly ever have trouble getting work  111 </li><li>Retirement is depressing, so older adults only retire when they are forced to do so  113 </li><li>Retired older adults are privileged financially  117 </li><li>After they retire, older folks want to move to where it's warm  122 </li></ol> </li></ul></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20495.htm">Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging: Endings and Loss</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging, Chapter 5<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Myths</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li><b>All the good ones are either gay, married, or dead</b>  124 <ol start = "34" type="1"><li>If older widows date, it's to find a new husband  125 </li></ol></li><li><b>And then you die... </b>  127 <ol start = "35" type="1"><li>A majority of older adults end up in nursing homes and stay there till they die  128 </li><li>Suicide is more common among adolescents and young adults than it is among older adults  131 </li><li>Older people have the greatest fear of death of any age group - they are the closest to it, so they should know  135 </li></ol> </li></ul></FONT></P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> </center> <BR><HR><BR><center> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T05:13" pubdate>02/08/2018 05:13:38</time> <br><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A> </TD></TR><TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>