Aging Quiz

Most of us actually know very little about how aging affects us. Research shows that even people over the age of 65 know little about the general facts on aging.

We have developed a short quiz on aging designed to help correct widespread myths and misconceptions and to stimulate discussion on aging facts and issues. Knowing the facts helps us make better decisions as individuals, and as families.

Check your knowledge by taking this quiz, but also keep in mind that the answers are correct for the aging population as a whole, and are supported by research. However, there are always exceptions!

Here Goes

  1. Merlin the MagicianWhat is the single most important contributor to successful aging? (select just one)
  2. Do the majority of people aged 75 and over have poor health?
  3. What percentage of senior adults currently live in nursing homes ... 5, 10, 15 or 20 percent?
  4. What is the fastest growing age group in the United States?
  5. The most prevalent form of abuse of older people living in community settings is:
  6. True or False: Depression is a normal part of aging, and is to be expected, particularly for those in poor health.
  7. True or False: Dementia such as Alzheimer's Disease are a normal part of aging.
  8. The highest suicide rate in the United States is among:

Answers to the Aging Quiz

  1. Exercise- According to Rowe and Kahn, authors of the book Successful Aging (Dell, 1998), the results of the MacArthur Foundation Study on Aging show that physical fitness is at the crux of successful aging, regardless of other factors. However, other very important factors include maintaining disease and disability prevention strategies, maintaining mental functioning, and active engagement in life through friends and productive activities.
  2. No- 66% of individuals aged 75 and older self report that their health is either good or very good. Only 34% report fair or poor health, according to the National Council on Aging 2002 update on American Perceptions of Aging in the 21st Century (NCOA, 409 Third St., SW, Washington, D.C.; www.ncoa.org.)
  3. Between 4 and 5% of all senior adults aged 65 and older are currently living in nursing homes. However, with increasing age, the chances that an older adult will need the services of a nursing facility increase, sometimes for only a short period of recuperation after an illness, other times for long-term care (statistics from A Profile of Older Americans: 2000 by the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  4. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, those individuals aged 85 and older are the fastest growing age group by percentage. It is predicted that there may be at least 600,000 centenarians by mid-century. There were 50,454 centenarians in the year 2000, according to the U.S. Census.
  5. Financial exploitation- According to the Illinois Department on Aging annual report for 2002, victims generally experience more than one type of abuse, but reports of financial exploitation were present in 55% of total reports, followed by emotional abuse at 45 percent. Neglect was cited in 36.4% of reports, and physical abuse was reported in 19.5% of the 7,425 reports received.
  6. False- Estimates indicate that major depression may decline with advancing age, but that between 8 and 20% of the aging population have depressive symptoms, and that as many of 37% of older patients in primary care may have such symptoms. Depression can be difficult to diagnose in older adults for several reasons, including co-occurrence of other disorders, and because it may present somewhat differently than among other age groups. Poor health or other life events may be triggers for depression, but depression is not a normal part of aging. (Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, 1999, Chapter 5, pp 346-348)
  7. False- However, it is a strongly age related disease. While only 5% of the total population aged 60 and older are estimated to have Alzheimer's disease, some 30-45% of the population over age 85 may have the disease. (Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, 1999, p. 361)
  8. White males of all age groups actually have highest suicide rate when characterized by gender and race from the age of 10 onward. The highest suicide rate of all is for white males age 85 and older- 59 deaths per 100,000 persons, more than 5 times the overall suicide rate of 10.6 deaths per 100,000 persons. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health U.S. Suicide Rates by Age, Gender, and Racial Group, using 2001 figures)

How did you do on our aging quiz?

Remember the old saying "If I had known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself when I was young."

People are living longer and fuller lives. Taking care of yourself while you are younger helps your transition into your senior years.

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