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4. Aging Quiz

Project Skill

Life Skill

What To Do

Answer the following true/false statements by clicking on TRUE or FALSE. You will immediately find out if you are correct. Discuss your answers as a group, with your project helper, or with a family member.

  1. Older people are all alike.
    TRUE FALSE
  2. Most older people live in nursing homes.
    TRUE FALSE
  3. If an older person is hard of hearing, you should shout so that he or she can hear you.
    TRUE FALSE
  4. An older person who has a hearing problem will know it.
    TRUE FALSE
  5. Older people should not exercise because they might fall.
    TRUE FALSE
  6. Accidents sometimes happen to older people because they have poor eyesight.
    TRUE FALSE
  7. Older people sometimes develop blisters on their feet without noticing them.
    TRUE FALSE
  8. As eyes age, it may become more difficult to tell the color green from the color blue.
    TRUE FALSE
  9. Our muscles become weaker as we get older.
    TRUE FALSE
  10. The older you get, the less you sleep.
    TRUE FALSE

Looking Back...

  1. What new things did you learn about aging and older people?
     
  2. Did you believe something was true that you now know is false?
     
  3. Did you believe something was false that you now know is true?
     
  4. How can you use the information that you have gained through this activity?

What's Next?

Continue on to the next activity Alike and Different or return to the All Old Folks Are Not The Same Table of Contents.

1. Older people are all alike.
FALSE - Because they have had so many different life experiences, older people tend to be more different than alike.

2. Most older people live in nursing homes.
FALSE - Only 5 percent of people who are over 65 live in nursing homes.

3. If an older person is hard of hearing, you should shout so that he or she can hear you.
FALSE - Speaking loudly will only distort your speech. Try lowering the pitch of your voice.

4. An older person who has a hearing problem will know it.
FALSE - Hearing loss is so gradual that many older people are either not aware of the loss or underestimate it.

5. Older people should not exercise because they might fall.
FALSE - Exercise at any age can strengthen the heart and lungs, and it may lower the blood pressure. It can also improve muscle strength. Of course, exercise activities should be discussed with a physician.

6. Accidents sometimes happen to older people because they have poor eyesight.
TRUE - Accidents can happen when objects can't be seen well.

7. Older people sometimes develop blisters on their feet without noticing them.
TRUE - This happens because reaction time slows down and as the sense of touch diminishes. A diminished sense of touch is cause by nerve deterioration and reduced blood circulation.

8. As eyes age, it may become more difficult to tell the color green from the color blue.
TRUE - This is caused by the yellowing of the lens.

9. Our muscles become weaker as we get older.
TRUE - This happens as muscles decrease in size and strength.

10. The older you get, the less you sleep.
FALSE - In later life, it's the quality of sleep that declines, not the number of hours. Older people may have waking periods at night, but they tend to nap more during the day.