All-age interactions are important

In its conclusions, the writers of the Revera report offer this advice: “By not accepting self-limiting beliefs and unintentionally contributing to outdated age-based stereotypes, you can help others to remember that you are uniquely you. Don’t let yourself be defined by a number.”

Keep interacting with people of all ages, advised Dr. Amy D’Aprix, a BMO Financial Group life transition expert.

Interaction helps us understand each other.

She said people don’t become a different species as they age and younger generations need to remember to watch their words.

“I really object to the phrase, ‘I’m parenting my parent,’ ” said D’Aprix. “It’s such an insult because I think you never parent your parent; they are always your parent. I cared for my parents for decades, but they were still my parents.”

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