What kind of old person will you be? To discover your AQ (Aging Quotient), try this test, excerpted from Muriel Oberleder's "Attitude Scale:"

After each statement write (A) if you basically agree or (D) if you basically disagree.

1. Old age can be said to begin around 60 or 65.

2. The older you get, the more set in your ways you become.

3. Old people would prefer to have some kind of work to do.

4. Old people too often like to meddle in other people's business.

5. Old people need special foods.

6. Older people should enroll in classes which train them for a new kind of work.

7. It is usually a mistake for people over 65 to marry.

8. A person is really glad to retire from work at 65 or 70.

9. Older people should let the others do the work and get the credit.

10. As you grow older you must expect to depend on others.

11. Physical exercise of some kind is good for you as you grow older.

12. Old people can, and are learning new things all the time.

13. Old people prefer to be with people their own age.


Score one point each for these answers:

1. A

2. A

3. D

4. A

5. A

6. D

7. A

8. A

9. A

10. A

11. D

12. D

13. A

The test measures the degree to which you accept or reject some of the stereotypes connected with aging. The higher your score, the more stereotypes you probably accept and the more negative your attitude is likely to be toward aging and old people. Generally, scores between 2 and 6 indicate a good adjustment to aging.