In the context of pervasive demographic trend of ageing, the familiarity with the characteristics of the elderly becomes ever more significant. This paper’s frame of reference is based on the Facts of Aging Quiz (Breytspraak & Badura, 2015), that was administered on a convenience sample of 280 respondents aged 20 to 65, living under varied family circumstances. The aim of the paper was to determine how familiar the adults are with different bio-psycho-social aspects of ageing. The analysis of data thus obtained indicated an average familiarity with facts about ageing, with significant statistical differences with respect to age group and life circumstances, and no significant differences with respect to gender. The results that we obtained indicate a better familiarity with biological facts about ageing than with psychological and sociological ones, which implies a need for additional education of adult population, not only for the sake of social and family adaptation to the process of ageing, but also accepting own ageing as an inevitable and natural aspect of life.
Dr Biljana Milanović Dobrota is Assistant Professor at the Department of Oligophrenology, Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation, University of Belgrade (firstname.lastname@example.org).