Aging Quiz - Answer

Most older adults tend to be preoccupied with death

Answer: False - Death is an inevitable factor of life. Attitudes towards death are highly variable but some general trends can be noted in the United States. In general, older adults are less anxious and more matter-of-fact about death. As one moves through the life-span, they lose friends and family members, and begin to accept their own mortality. This enables the older adult to speak more freely about death and dying.

Most young adults in the United States avoid thinking about or discussing death. Thus, if the topic of death is brought up by an older adult, they may be accused of being preoccupied with death. However, it is the younger adult who is preoccupied with not discussing death.

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