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Myths and Realities of Aging
November 3rd, 2015 8:15 AM
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Myth:  Old people are all the same.  
Reality:  The diversity of interests and experiences of youth and middle age is no less present in mature years.  In fact, older people are more diverse in important ways than younger individuals.  Just about everyone knows someone who is a "youthful" 80 or an "old" 50.  Health is a  major factor in aging and genetics plays a role in both how quickly we age and what ailments we develop.  But other factors are also determinants such as education, socioeconomic group, climate, societal expectations, activity level, nutrition, and social connections.

Myth:  
Old people are lonely and gradually withdraw.
Reality:  Although the number of casual relationships may decline, mature and elder adults have close friends and relationships to the same degree that younger people do.  Relationships with family and friends are an important part of satisfaction with life.  Moreover, maintaining ties with friends, family, and the community is a major motivator for the desire to age in place.

Myth:  Older people don't use technology.
Reality:  The generations aged 50+ are Internet connected. Using e-mail and reading news updates rank first and second as the most frequent online activities, but social  media participation and texting is quickly catching up.  Although some older clients may prefer face-to-face or telephone communications, for  many checking e-mail is part of the daily routine.  

Myth:  Old equals disabled.
Reality:  Research finds consistently that more than half of respondents in surveys at all age levels rated their health as good to excellent.  Disability rates among the 65+ population have declined in the last 20 years and more seniors are walking, joining health clubs, exercising and getting involved in an active lifestyle.  

Although we cannot control the environment into which we are born or our experiences of childhood, our actions and decisions as adults shape the course of life.  And as we age, each individual's accumulation of life experiences is distinctly unique.  Age is only a number.  It is the mind that controls how old we really are!

written by Barbara Doeringer


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