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A is also for Attitudes — many formed when young and affecting our happiness over a long life. Positive attitudes to aging are a gift to ourselves, our children, and the older adults we will become.
Like racism and sexism in our diverse society, ageism often flies under the radar, and negative stereotypes of age contribute to negative attitudes to older adults, even in books for kids.
Important research tells us:
- What we believe about growing older affects HOW we grow old—our happiness, health & longevity
- Positives attitudes to aging have the greatest effect on health if instilled in childhood
- Kids are bombarded by negative images of aging from many sources
- The behavior of even very young children is affected by ageist images
- Later life can hold many good things & happiness tends to increase with age
B is for Books! “It is important for young people to have books that portray aging as a natural and lifelong process of growing and developing.” Sandra McGuire Ph.D.
C is for Change! Let’s use Positive Aging picture books to change attitudes and show:
- The diversity of older adults—with tremendous knowledge, inner strength & creativity
- Lifelong aging is both normal & natural
- Normal aging is not about stereotypes such as sad, grumpy & forgetful
- Older adults possess skills & strengths because of their experience
- The value of intergenerational friendships
“Positive aging is a relatively contemporary term. It denotes activities, attitudes, and lifestyles that promote healthy aging and maximize the potentials of life’s later years.” Sandra McGuire Ph.D.
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