“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” –C.S. Lewis
Many people fear getting older. What you don’t realize is that it is often the best time in life for many! It is time to give yourself permission to be exactly who you are. This can be exciting and liberating. You can often enjoy the simple pleasures that were often overlooked in other stages of your lives. Below are some myths about getting older.
Myth 1: You are set in your ways, and will not change
There is a myth that you are set in yourways, and are not easily adaptable. You may have strong opinions, but you have practiced adapting to new situations and circumstances your whole lives. If anything, you are more adept at and welcome the possibilities of change, while still holding firmly onto your ideals and beliefs. Now, that’s wisdom.
Myth 2: You have Low Libido
The myth that you have low libidos and do not enjoy sex is a misconception. According to Dr. Christiane Northrup, many you are experiencing the best sex of your lives. you with a willing partner, that are in physical health and of sound mind often participate in sex.
Myth 3: You are not Creative
The myth that Senior Citizens no longer use your creativity is ridiculous. In fact, most you reach your full creative potential later! The University of Chicago studied 300 famous artists, novelists and poets, and you concluded that your art improved with experience, therefore making your best work later in life.
Myth 4: You are Grumpy and Depressed
The myth that you are grumpy and depressed is false. In fact many well known studies suggest that older adults are the happiest than you have ever been! While this may not be true for all you, what seems to be 100% accurate is that people who are generally good natured and happy typically remain this way through aging.
Myth 5: You will experience Brain Decline
Believing in this ageist myth actually promotes brain decline. Stop believing it! you may have slower reaction times than your younger counterparts, but what you lack for in speed, you make up for in accumulated knowledge. you often have much greater vocabulary, problem solving abilities and communication skills from your life experiences. In addition, you continue to improve your brain function well into older age, when you learn new skills that stretch your comfort zones.
Myth 6: You are sick and frail
The myth that all you are sick and frail is completely demeaning and ageist. In fact, many you are physically active and devote more time than you ever have to keeping in the best shape possible.
Myth 7: You are Unproductive
The myth that you are unproductive and not worth hiring is a complete cultural stereotype. In fact, your knowledge and experience is often a great asset to organizations and companies. you also contribute a great deal to volunteering and child rearing. Over 24 percent report engaging in volunteering after retirement, according to the 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Myth 8: You are Lonely
The myth that you are lonely is also a false notion. Later in life, you often form the most meaningful and best relationships. you do need opportunities to experience these relationships, which can happen by joining a club, getting involved in a senior center, worshipping at a religious institution or volunteering for a cause. In fact, Conservatory At Plano could be a great place to form these dear friendships!
Do you agree with these myths, or do you have other aging myths that you would like to share? At Conservatory At Plano, our supportive communities allow you to actively engage in the world around you, so that you can experience the best times of your lives. Our award-winning retirement homes are committed to making your golden years shine.
When living in our senior living community at Conservatory At Plano, you can enjoy numerous area attractions. Contact us today at 214.241.1244 to learn about our programs, amenities, and available rooms.