When it comes to aging, there are all sorts of assumptions and myths out there. There are more misconceptions about aging than one can possibly imagine.
By continuing or adopting healthy lifestyle choices and habits, you can preserve your mobility and health as you age. To assist you in your pursuit, we are going to explore some aging myths. With these in mind, you can better enter into your golden years, well prepared.
Let’s go over the top 10 misconceptions about aging.
Myth: You Can Stop Taking Your Medication When Your Blood Pressure Returns to Normal or Lowers
For older adults, one common problem is high blood pressure – particularly upwards of 80 years of age. If not treated properly, serious health problems will result. If your blood pressure returns to normal, it’s because your medication is doing its job.
Myth: I Don’t Have To Quit Smoking – I’m Too Old
It’s never too soon nor too late to quit smoking. If you still smoke, stop, or at the very least, cut way back. You’re increasing your chance for a disease like cancer, heart disease, or COPD, and shortening your life by smoking.
Myth: I Don’t Have To Worry about Osteoporosis Because I’m a Man
When it comes to men over the age of 50, one in five will have a fracture that is related to osteoporosis. It’s not just for women.
Myth: I’ll Have To Stop Driving When I Age
Though, as some people age, their driving capabilities lessen, it doesn’t happen to everyone. If you live in a retirement community, you may actually enjoy handing the driving over to their transportation service, and give yourself a break.
Myth: I’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease Because My Family Member Did
Granted, a family history of dementia may increase your chances, but it is not absolute you will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. If you have concerns, talk to your physician.
Myth: I Should Avoid Exercise So That I Don’t Get Injured
Though you shouldn’t exercise beyond your capabilities, it’s important to stay active. You will live longer and be healthier if you get up off the couch and walk, dance, participate in a health and fitness program, go swimming, bat a tennis ball around, etc.
Myth: Everyone Who Gets Old Gets Dementia
Aging doesn’t mean dementia. It’s that simple. Do all you can to keep your mind active, as well as your body. Play brain games whenever possible – do it with friends for added socialization.
Myth: You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
New things can be learned and experienced by older adults. In fact, it helps keep you young. Change things up a bit every now and then for some excitement and fun.
Myth: I Don’t Need As Much Sleep As I Get Older
Though staying asleep and falling asleep may be something you have a hard time with as you age, that doesn’t mean you need less of it. Every night, you should get between seven and nine hours of sleep to stay alert and healthy.
Myth: Loneliness and Depression Are Normal In Older Adults
Unfortunately, sadness, anxiety, and depression often occur because, as some people age, they feel alone and isolated. This does not have to be the case! Try to socialize with others as often as possible. If you can’t meet in person, consider meeting “virtually face-to-face” through an online app such as Zoom.
Age in Grace and Independence at Conservatory At Alden Bridge
One of the biggest misconceptions about aging is that, once you retire, you’ll be bored. When you reside at Conservatory At Alden Bridge, the chances for loneliness and boredom go right out the window!
Courtesy of our Dimensions Health and Fitness program, as well as our Celebrations Activities and Events (view our calendar here), there’s always something to do and someone to do it with. You’re finally going to have time to do things you’ve never tried before or enjoy activities that you already know you love.