Auto-Gerontology: A Personal Odyssey.



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The four leading theories of optimal aging are activity, continuity, successful aging, and selective optimization with adaptation. All tend to support the slogan, "Use it or lose it." I have tried to continue using my abilities in four key areas: professional, volunteer, personal relationships, and physical fitness. Ageism also has become personal for me because I have made it a personal priority to do what I can to reduce ageism. This includes research and writing, developing a list of 45 advantages to aging, avoiding ageist jokes and language, developing positive slogans about aging, maintaining personal fitness, going on birthday adventures, and being proud of my age (85). I close with answers to some questions about auto-gerontology.





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Palmore, Erdman B (2017). Auto-Gerontology: A Personal Odyssey. Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society, 36(11). pp. 1295–1305. 10.1177/0733464816648140 Retrieved from

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Erdman B. Palmore

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus of Medical Sociology at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development; editor for the Center Report Newsletter

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