Here, we debunk some of the most common misconceptions about growing older

Forget what your driver's license says and the ideals of eternal youth plastered all over the media. We're in the midst of a revolution when it comes to how we view aging. Not only are people living longer, they're staying healthy longer and working longer too. The wealth of knowledge and experience that older adults have to offer is finally being recognized again.

Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about what it means to "grow old".

Myth #1: We all age the same way
Some policy makers, advertisers and companies seem to treat everyone the same. However, just as no two children develop at the same rate, no two adults are going age the same way. Experts note that the older we get, the more diversity there is among our peer group. Our genes, environment and lifestyle all play a role in how we age. We can't predict what's going to happen as we age by looking at others.

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Elizabeth Rogers