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1. My Thoughts and Feelings

Project Skill

Life Skill

What To Do

Mark down on a piece of paper whether you agree or disagree or are not sure about each of the following statements. If you do not understand a particular statement, ask your group leader, a family member, or project helper for assistance. It is important for you to realize that there are no correct or incorrect answers. Your responses reflect your feelings and attitudes. Be sure to save your answers for later.

  1. Older people are set in their ways.
  2. Older people love children.
  3. All older people are pretty much the same.
  4. Older people don't have a sense of humor.
  5. If you live long enough, you'll become senile or confused.
  6. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
  7. Older people prefer people their own age.
  8. Older people often have interesting ideas.
  9. I usually try to help older people.
  10. Sometimes I wonder what it is like to be old.
  11. Older people don't understand teenagers.
  12. People over 65 should just enjoy life.
  13. Most older people like to play bingo.
  14. Older people think they are always right.

Looking Back...

Spend a few minutes sharing your answers with your group, project helper, or family member:


  1. Which answers do you agree on?
  2. Which answers do you think you answered differently than an older person would?
  3. What did you learn about yourself through this activity?  

You may find that some of your attitudes might change a little as you continue to learn more about aging and older people. Think about your responses as you continue with Walk in My Shoes.

What's Next?

Read All Old Folks Are Not the Same. The activities that follow will help you become even more aware of your attitudes about aging. You will also learn about the myths that exist about aging and our older population. Or you can return to the All Old Folks Are Not The Same Table of Contents.