Auto-Gerontology: A Personal Odyssey.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The four leading theories of optimal aging are activity, continuity, successful aging, and selective optimization with adaptation. All tend to support the slogan, "Use it or lose it." I have tried to continue using my abilities in four key areas: professional, volunteer, personal relationships, and physical fitness. Ageism also has become personal for me because I have made it a personal priority to do what I can to reduce ageism. This includes research and writing, developing a list of 45 advantages to aging, avoiding ageist jokes and language, developing positive slogans about aging, maintaining personal fitness, going on birthday adventures, and being proud of my age (85). I close with answers to some questions about auto-gerontology.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Palmore, EB

Published Date

  • November 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1295 - 1305

PubMed ID

  • 27178206

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-4523

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0733464816648140


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States