Heath and Aging

What's Your Aging IQ?

Sylvia is 65.

Sylvia is 65. older woman kicking a cigarette awayShe has smoked cigarettes since she was 20. Her children and grandchildren all want her to quit. But several members of her family died of cancer in their old age. She believes it's too late now to make a difference.


5. Even if an older person has smoked tobacco his or her whole life, it still makes sense to quit. True / False

6. Getting tested for cancer can be just as important when people are older as when they are younger. True / False

Is cancer still a major cause of death in older people?

7. In 2006, heart disease was the number 1 cause of death. What was number 2?
a. Stroke and related diseases
b. Chronic respiratory disease, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma
c. Cancer


Publication Date: July 2010
Page Last Updated: January 22, 2015

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