The common misconception about aging is that it will be unpleasant and we will want nothing more than to reverse time. Thus the stereotypes settle in, older people are bitter and brittle and helpless. Not True! Aging does not prevent us from living robust lives, it is our mindset on aging, so let’s change it! There are numerous assumptions that reflect poorly on the matter, but we are here to put some of these notions to the test to show that they are truly myths.
Myth 1: When You get Older You Feel Older
False: In 2009 research from a Pew Survey, found that the majority felt that as you age you feel relatively younger. Around half of the people that took this survey felt around 10-19 years younger than their chronological age.
Myth 2 : Aging Means Weaker Bones
False: As our loved ones age, one of the biggest fears is an accidental fall that can break a bone or hip, or bad arthritis that makes the easiest tasks fairly difficult. However, this can be prevented, when an aging loved one reaches around 65 it is recommended for them to go to the doctor to get a bone density test done. With the analysis your doctor can help create a routine for prevention. Or prescribe medication to help slow, halt, or even reverse the process.
Myth 3: Your Brain Power Declines
False: Most people in middle age have actually seen an increase in their mental capabilities when it came to verbal or mathematical problems. There have also been some fairly recent studies with the concept of cognitive reserves, which means that when people are young, typically only one hemisphere of the brain is being used, but when a challenge arises or when the brain is idle the second hemisphere gets activated.
Myth 4: The Elderly are Worse Off
False: In recent Census Bureau figures show that only 9.7% of Americans above the age of 65 are underneath the poverty line. AARP has also shown that grandparents overall spend around 30 Billion dollars worth of gifts and entertainment for their grandchildren.
Myth 5: Your Happiness Goes Away
False: In a study published by Economic Behavior and Organization, found that people in there 50's are the most content due to the option of retirement.
Myth 6: Elderly Are Typically Alone and Lonely
False: Although loneliness and isolation can be a serious issue for some elderly, it’s important to remember that older people are often more socially adept. "As we get older, our social intelligence keeps expanding," Dr. Margaret Gatz, professor of psychology, gerontology, and preventive medicine at the University of Southern California.
Myth 7: Genes play a huge role in aging process
False: Your life expectancy is not only affected by your genes, but also how you choose to live your life. Genes do not solely determine your life expectancy or your quality of life as you age. Your genes can also change with your eating habits and how physically active you are.
The first step to healthy aging is accepting that it will happen and understand that with most things in life it is better to look at the glass half full. Our mindset on aging should not dwell on these misconceptions, but how we can be resilient and continue to live robust lives. One solely needs to make the choice to.
Although, our aging loved ones sometimes need extra care or help, they can continue to live independently in their own homes with the help of our
CAREGivers. Don’t let these stigmas continue and contact us on how we can help or share your loved one’s adventure and stories on how they are making every day count!
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