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Old January 2nd, 2013, 07:31 PM   #1

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What do you think you'll be like when you get old?

It turns out that people become what they foresee themselves becoming. How do you see old people?

All of us have beliefs — many of them subconscious, dating back to childhood — about what it means to get older. Psychologists call these “age stereotypes.” And, it turns out, they can have an important effect on seniors’ health.
When stereotypes are negative — when seniors are convinced becoming old means becoming useless, helpless or devalued — they are less likely to seek preventive medical care and die earlier, and more likely to suffer memory loss and poor physical functioning, a growing body of research shows.
When stereotypes are positive — when older adults view age as a time of wisdom, self-realization and satisfaction — results point in the other direction, toward a higher level of functioning. The latest report, in The Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that seniors with this positive bias are 44 percent more likely to fully recover from a bout of disability.
For people who care about and interact with older people, the message is clear: your attitude counts because it can activate or potentially modify these deeply held age stereotypes.
Older People Become What They Think, Study Shows - NYTimes.com
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 07:54 PM   #2

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My now late father in law told me years ago, when he was in his 80s, that
"The mind is willing, but the body is weak." He grew up as raw-boned tough
as any farmer could be and I saw how his life changed mentally and physically.
Currently I think I'll hold up just like I am, mentally, but physically, little creeping
nags remind me that my time in the 100yd dash wasn't what it was 30 years ago.
I'll be one of those old people who always say, "Back in my day."
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 08:30 PM   #3

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Probably a lot like my maternal grandfather, and thus honorable and kindly with a well-developed sense of humor, but also gruff, crude, and with a knack for speaking my mind in the most tactless manner possible.

In other words, who I am today, just taken to extremes.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 08:58 PM   #4

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I'll probably be grumpy and easily annoyed.
In short, I won't change a lot.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 10:41 PM   #5

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Old January 2nd, 2013, 11:45 PM   #6

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I'm going for a mix between Red from That 70's Show and Clint Eastwood.

Get off my lawn, dumbass.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 11:46 PM   #7

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Originally Posted by Vintersorg View Post
I'll probably be grumpy and easily annoyed.
In short, I won't change a lot.
I like that sense of consistency.
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I tend to eat tons of food and manage to remain skinny only because I am young.
A lot of people have told me that I will be very fat when I am old and I agree
I will be a fat old lady with lots of kids and grandchildren running around while I knit a sweater and shout at them to keep silence
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 01:38 AM   #9

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A priest and give up real women!!!

I am shocked!!!!!
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