Taking Control of Your Aging Experience

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Gerontology–the study of aging—is becoming an increasingly popular college major due to the aging population explosion. On the first day of the semester, a gerontology professor recently asked the class, “what age do you consider ‘old?’” The most common response, 30, came from the 18-21 year old students. 30! After some good-natured groans by the non-traditional age “returning” students, the professor discussed that around 30 is when some aging processes in our bodies start, but by no means does 30 count as ‘old’. Unfortunately their answer is not surprising: American society idealizes youth and dreads aging.

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