5 Common Myths About Aging

03/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Think aging is all about losing your memory and becoming hard of hearing? Think again. Many people sail through the aging process without walkers or pacemakers. In fact, researchers now believe it's those age-related diseases--diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's--that leave us frail or disabled, rather than the normal aging of our bodies. Consider this: The vast majority of those who live to be 100 are able to live independently on their own well into their 90's, and about 15 percent of them have no age-related diseases even after they hit the century mark, according to the New England Centenarian Study. Here are some other common myths about aging.

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