1) After age 30, it's all down hill. Actually, people reach their endurance peak at 40. How long they maintain it depends on their heath habits; people past 80 do the Ironman.
2) Most elderly people are in nursing homes. Actually, only 15% of them are. In 75% of those cases, they brought it on themselves through lifestyle.
3) Elderly people are forgetful. Actually, they're better able to remember things, especially the past, since they can compare it to the present. That's how Laura Ibgalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie) was able to write her books.
4) Elderly people are rigid conservatives. In reality, life experience gives them extra wisdom to see things as they truly are, rather than following a conservative or liberal formula.
5) Elderly people despise youth. Actually, it is common for them to have great relationships with their elementary school grandchildren, and even teenagers, since they have more time for them than their parents.
6) Aging makes people ugly. In reality, a lot of times people's looks improve with age. John Denver is a perfect example.
7) Elderly people have a hard time learning anything new. Actually, returning students often do better than first timers, since they've learned how to study and have more motivation. I am a perfect example of this!
8) Elderly people lack creativity and adventure. In reality, retirement can free them to do things they've always dreamed of doing.
9) Elderly people resent growing old. Some may, but many realize growing old is better than they'd been taught.