Dispel the Myths of Growing Older
Ageism is real and needs to be dealt with. Just because someone is growing older doesn’t mean they are less important to society. Entering your later years, like each stage of life, comes with side effects, but not all of them are negative. We’re here to dispel the myths of aging and show just how bright of a future seniors can have.
Myth One: Dulling of the Mind
Although slower reaction times may be seen in people as they age, their ability to provide valuable information to conversations has not decreased. With a lifetime of gaining insight and knowledge under their belts, older adults can offer a lot of wisdom.
Tip: To keep your mind healthy as you age, stick to a regular exercise routine, eat a healthy diet, and continue to learn and stay curious about the world around you.
Myth Two: Unproductive
Retirement doesn’t automatically mean a person is no longer a productive citizen. After building up personal and professional skills over the years, many retirees use the skills they’ve acquired to help others. Instead of sitting around, seniors can engage in volunteer work and other helpful activities, such as caring for grandkids, after they retire.
Tip: Feeling unproductive? Find a local board or non-profit that could benefit from your skills. Helping others will help you, too.
Myth Three: Depression & Unhappiness
The myth that aging leads to depression and unhappiness has been scientifically proven to be untrue. Aging doesn’t mean automatically we are less satisfied with the lives we’ve led.
Studies have shown that most seniors are as happy or happier than they were when they were in their younger years.
Tip: Still concerned? Unhappiness and depression can be warded off by maintaining social relationships. Make sure you stay engaged with friends and family as you age to keep from becoming lonely and isolated.
Myth Four: Lower Sex Drive
Sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, no matter what age. A lower libido is often caused by preventable conditions such as high blood pressure and depression. Maintaining good health will help with sexual desire.
Tip: Keeping yourself in shape can help improve your sex drive and boost your sex life.
Myth Five: Achy Joints & Frail Bones
Lack of exercise is often the culprit of aching joints as we age. Frail bones can be due to osteoporosis, which is caused by a lack of calcium in the bones. Both of these conditions are preventable with proper exercise and diet.
Tip: Maintaining an exercise routine and a calcium filled diet, beginning early on, can help prevent achy joints and frail bones as we age.
Myth Six: Inability to Adapt
Seniors tend to find adapting to new situations easier since they have been adapting for years. Since they’ve spent their whole lives adapting to the changing world around them, what would make them stop now? Changing opinions may be harder, but adapting to new situations is ingrained in us from the time we are little.
Dispel the Myths at Surpass Living
Staying engaged and active can help reduce the myths of aging in your own life. How you age is up to you. Enjoy an active community, multiple activities and amenities, and a group of people as excited as you are about this next chapter of life at Surpass Senior Living communities. Find what you’ve been looking for at Surpass Senior Living communities. Contact us today!