Original Article: PDF OnlyGrowing Older Is Not What It Used To BeGiger, Joyce Newman RN, EdD, CS, FAAN1; Davidhizar, Ruth RN, DNS, CS, FAAN2; Poole, Victoria RN, DNS3Author Information 1Professor, Graduate Studies, School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 2Dean, Division of Nursing, Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana 3Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama Health Care Supervisor: June 1998 - Volume 16 - Issue 4 - p 40-47 Buy Abstract Growing old is not what it used to be. Many self-care actions can enhance one's chance of growing old without illness or disease. This necessitates preparing for old age while one is young. Preparation for second adulthood can vastly improve physical and emotional health in old age. It is important that nurses and other health care professionals teach health promotion strategies to persons at all ages in order to assist individuals to live life to its fullest throughout their lifetime. © Williams & Wilkins 1998. All Rights Reserved.