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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

How Perceptions of Aging Affect Our Later Years

People are often unaware of the extent to which their views of aging shape their expectations and actions. But for older adults, their perceptions of aging—and their self-perceptions—can have serious effects on their health, behaviors, and even longevity. The good news is that research has shown these perceptions can be changed, and organizations that serve older adults can promote more positive perceptions of aging.

Please fill out the brief form below to download a free copy of “Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: How Perceptions of Aging Affect Our Later Years,” an Orange Paper by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging. You’ll learn more about older adults’ perceptions of aging and how they can be changed, and get tips for weaving positive perception messaging into programming in your community.

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